[FoRK] Nokia partners with Microsoft, adopts Windows Phone 7

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Feb 11 08:18:35 PST 2011

Crazy Nokia.  That new president doesn't get it.  And I bet Microsoft pulled out all the stops to get someone to go their way.  Some 
think that they didn't go Android because it is a commodity play.  Perhaps, but it has one of the hottest ecosystems and richest, 
most open dev environment and capabilities.  With their existing dabbling in Linux and their ownership of Qt (which is already 
available on Android for apps), Android would have been a natural path.  And the leading European company going, potentially, all 
Microsoft, is an interesting choice.  The president mentioned a couple days ago that they were planning to move all of their 
executives to Silicon Valley.  I hear the Nokia sign is already on some of the new offices in downtown Sunnyvale.

Similarly, at the HP WebOS developers event in SF on Wed, I was surprised that they are so single-minded about WebOS.  It seems 
nice, but not necessarily competitive.  The idea of running their Javascript-based apps on both their devices and PCs is 
interesting, depending on how deep it goes.  Their main idea is that everything can be done with Webkit with plugins to extend 
Javascript, where "native" apps like games are nearly all plugin.  The native side of things is C++, SDL, and OpenGL, which could be 
portable to a gcc toolchain.  But that whole model could also have been layered on top of Android.  Odd that they don't see the 
advantages of that.


> Nokia will adopt Microsoft's Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, the company said on Friday, after days of 
> speculation on what it would do to compete with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.
> The companies will also partner on mobile ads -- where Nokia will use Microsoft adCenter in mobile devices -- and on mapping, 
> where Nokia Maps will become part of Microsoft's Bing search engine.
> Before today's announcement, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop had stated that Nokia needed to "decide how we either build, catalyze or join 
> an ecosystem" to change its fortunes. In the end it decided to partner with Microsoft and join the Windows Phone 7 ecosystem.
> Nokia will contribute its hardware design and language support to the partnership, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range 
> of price points, market segments and geographies, the companies said in an open letter from Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
> Nokia won't abandon its own platforms, Symbian and MeeGo, yet. The company still plans to put out a "MeeGo-related" product later 
> this year, it said.
> With the new strategy, Nokia is hoping to put an end to a downward spiral that started in 2007, the year in which the first 
> version of Apple's iPhone arrived and Google announced Android. 


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