They 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.
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.