Nokia and Microsoft partnership is a go-er

Nokia and Microsoft partnership is a go-erThey say the early bird catches the worm. While many of us were still tucked up in bed this morning, CEOs Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer were suiting up, eager to announce the rekindling of the Nokia-Microsoft romance.

A short YouTube video shows Elop and Ballmer enthusing about their partnership, with a full breakdown of the pair’s plans appearing on Nokia Conversations.

The open letter begins: “Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem.”

Nokia will adopt Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 as its “primary smartphone strategy,” with Bing powering search services. The WP7 phones will, of course, support Office and Xbox Live.

Bing will make use of Nokia Maps, while Nokia’s content and app store will be “integrated with” (or more realistically: absorbed by) the Microsoft Marketplace.

Literally no mention was made of Symbian or MeeGo. Poor guys.

Apparently the “specific details of the deal are being worked out,” but it’s clear the two mean business. The open letter ends with the statement:

“There are other mobile ecosystems. We will disrupt them. There will be challenges. We will overcome them. Success requires speed. We will be swift. Together, we see the opportunity, and we have the will, the resources and the drive to succeed.”

Finally! Something positive from Nokia. We might even buy them a San Miguel in Barcelona.

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9 comments

Cloaked  Feb. 11, 2011 at 10:03

omg :O So glad I bought my N900 before Nokia get the Redmond zip-code. shocking!

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2011 at 10:16

What's that expression again? Hostile takeover? Invasion? Regime change? This is for tech and choice what the re-election of George Bush was for literacy and peace. booooooooooooooooo.
There. One brand off my shopping list. Not often that I agree with Google's brass http://www.mobot.net/google-vp-two-turkeys-eagle-15983

Stelph  Feb. 11, 2011 at 10:35

From info on other blogs Symbian will still be maintained (well itd be mad to cut off all those people who have just bought the N8 ect!) and Nokia are looking to continue to sell new symbian phones, and they are also looking to sell their first Meego phone this year, so if anything this doesnt change a huge amount apart from benefiting both Nokia and Microsoft!

Nokia benefit from getting an OS with a good rep (I wont say a bad OS because symbian is a very good OS, it just takes more thought with what you are doing and it got slated by reviewers who didnt take the time to learn it and had been "babied" using iOS and Android) and Microsoft get a manufacturer with an excellent history of Hardware who can, hopefully, give the Windows Phone 7 manufacturers a kick up the butt like Google did when they releasd the original Nexus.

Now, hurry up and bring out an dual booting Meego and Windows phone 7 mobile, thatd be awesome :-)

Cloaked  Feb. 11, 2011 at 10:39

But Stelph,
How does Windows Phone 7 have a good rep?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2011 at 10:41

Cloaked,
maybe he didn't mean it in a good way? :p

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2011 at 15:33

Ha... of all the rags, The Economist agrees: "Stealth Takeover by Microsoft" ==>> http://www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2011/02/mobile_handset-makers ==>> THE SHAME

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2011 at 15:39

Ha... of all the rags, The Economist agrees: "Stealth Takeover by Microsoft" ==>> http://www.economist.com/blogs/newsbook/2011/02/mobile_handset-makers ==>> THE SHAME

Stelph  Feb. 11, 2011 at 15:49

@Cloaked - Most of the reviews of the N8 when it came out absolutely slated the Symbian software as "too old", "not finger friendly" ect

http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/2010/04/26/nokia-n8-symbian3-lambasted-by-murtazin/

Where as when WP7 was launched, most of the reviews stated it "showed promise"

http://www.torontosun.com/tech/columnists/steve_tilley/2010/11/10/16070751.html

Dont know about you but id much prefer to be referred to as "shows promise" rather than "too old and unweildy" :p

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2011 at 17:07

Stelph, I love that you picked Eldar's review LOL :p (fair and unbiased LOL)

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