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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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jjprusk

Feb 13, 2011, 6:18 PM

Nokia & Microsoft - Dance Into Oblivion

People seem to have short memories - instant replay of Treo and Windows Mobile. After Palm dumped their OS for WM, in a few years they were gone (bought up...). And this obviously didn't help Microsoft either as WM went into oblivion as well.

Instant replay... In a few years MS will probably be out of the phone OS business as well.
pickles

Feb 11, 2011, 5:44 PM

yeah, but

nokia is dead anyway guys. they haven't ever made a good phone, ever. they'll be out of business in a month.
pickles said:
nokia is dead anyway guys. they haven't ever made a good phone, ever. they'll be out of business in a month.


Nokia sells more phones than ANYONE on the planet, genius. Quit spouting false 'facts'.

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Slammer

Feb 11, 2011, 7:13 AM

I Think...

...this will benefit Windows7 more than it will benefit Nokia.

Nokia still has a strong presence in Eastern Countries but has been losing ground to Android and ios devices.

Windows on the other hand, will be able to substantially increase their global footprint through this move while Nokia is still viable. Good move for Microsoft. I just hope Nokia is not putting all the eggs in one basket.

John B.
At first when I saw this, I thought OMFG, but, actually it makes sense. Well except for the Meego thing.
Couldn't agree more. Nokia is still crazy popular over seas. Putting a Windows Phone 7 in the place of Symbian is going to work so well for Microsoft. Although I am surprised Nokia didn't jump on the Android bandwagon...kind of glad they didn't...
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olegu

Feb 11, 2011, 1:14 PM

I want one

or two of those Nokia WP7 devices, I am sure those will rock, just hoping they'd come soon
I have no idea how long it will take for them to come out, but I don't think either of the companies thought of doing this last week. Something tells me this planning has been going on for sometime. Also remember, many of the smartphone's (maybe not...
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