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Nokia Gives Up On Symbian and MeeGo, Picks WP7

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Feb 11, 2011, 6:57 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Nokia and Microsoft today announced that Nokia will adopt Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform moving forward. The two companies struck a broad set of agreements regarding their new partnership. Nokia will be allowed to innovate on top of WP7, especially in areas where is has expertise, such as imaging. Nokia will contribute its knowledge and strengths, such as language and hardware, so that the two companies can bring WP7 to a wider number of countries at varying price points. Nokia will adopt Bing as its primary search service, but WP7 would take on Nokia Maps as its primary mapping software (Nokia Maps is built on Navteq's mapping data). The Ovi Store will be folded into the Marketplace for Mobile and the two companies will work to improve the app store experience. Microsoft will be able to take advantage of Nokia's existing relationships with carriers around the world to push WP7 into developing regions. Nokia will dump all its developer tools for smartphones and moving forward will adopt Microsoft's development tools to create apps for its WP7 devices. Both companies will contribute marketing power to push Nokia's WP7 devices. Nokia's MeeGo platform will remain alive, though its future isn't certain. Nokia's CEO indicated that the company is staying in Finland, but there will be significant staffing reductions. The companies did not say when the first Nokia WP7 device would reach the market.

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