Navteq Re-Org to Focus On Social-Location Service
According to an internal memo supplied to Phone Scoop, Nokia and Navteq are undertaking a massive reorganizational approach to their mapping and social networking services. The three foundational elements behind this change are being made to support the following: new social-location applications, services, and developer experiences that engage a large user-base to build a winning brand and ecosystem together with Microsoft; high-value location content enabling differentiated experiences; and high-value advertising network monetizing the ecosystem by providing local commerce services for brands and merchants. Effective May 1, Nokia's Tero Ojanpera and Navteq CEO Larry Kaplan will work on the creation of a new business unit that consolidates all Nokia location assets, including Navteq and Nokia social-location services, into a single organization to accomplish these goals. Many of the companies' sub-units are to be transferred and/or shifted to new teams, with many of them falling under the new Mobile Phones Business Unit. Further, Nokia and Navteq will not only be targeting Nokia devices and the Windows Phone platform, but will also "focus on horizontal services that target Nokia devices, and beyond Nokia devices, including the ongoing availability of Navteq data to all its B2B partners." They believe these organization changes "will drive the next generation of location and commerce capabilities for the entire industry." This plans have not yet been made officially public.
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Microsoft Names Mango Business Features for WP7
In a blog post today, Microsoft provided details on a few previously unannounced new features that will be part of the Mango build of Windows Phone 7. These new features are targeted at business users and add to the WP7 platform's collaboration tools.
Microsoft and Nokia Finalize Agreement
Microsoft and Nokia today announced that they've agreed to the broad terms and finer details concerning Nokia's use of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform in its future smartphones. The companies said they already have a product roadmap looking ahead several years, and they are hoping to ship their first WP7 device by the end of the year.
HTC Surround Now Receiving NoDo Update
Microsoft recently revealed that it has finalized the February and March NoDo updates for the HTC Surround, which is available from AT&T. Both updates can be installed by HTC Surround users.
Nokia to Release New WP7 Handsets Frequently
Speaking to PCMag, Nokia's chief of smart devices Jo Harlow said that the company plans to release new Windows Phone 7 handsets at a fairly regular pace. "We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that," she said.