We can’t imagine the modest handful of manufacturers on board with Windows Phone 7 since Day 1 will be overly happy with Nokia’s highly publicised arrival.
Stephen Elop described the Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 as the “first real Windows Phones” (ouch), and Nokia’s app guy, Keith Varty, has been busy rubbing salt in the wound.
Speaking to The Inquirer, Varty said: "Now we are working in conjunction with Microsoft, the game changes. The way we reach out to developers needs to change. Microsoft has a good reputation in the developer market and we want to add to that."
Actually, that’s probably fair enough. It’s very much life-or-death for both Microsoft and Nokia, while HTC, Samsung et al are more focused on Android.
One of the elements we feel Microsoft hasn’t quite tapped into yet is the Xbox Live integration. However, Varty says: "We want to tightly integrate more. The ambition would be to be able to stop a game on the Xbox and pick it up over the device."
Man, that sounds pretty freakin’ sweet. Maybe this Nokia and Microsoft romance isn’t such a bad thing after all.