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Nokia's had an outward appearance of spinning its platform wheels on the backs of Symbian and Maemofor far, far too long, but so far, nothing's materialized. This time around, it's said that Microsoft will be the partner announced on the 11th -- and though Nokia's uptake of Windows Phone 7 would be the obvious strategic shift, it's important to note that these companies have actually partnered before with pretty trivial consequences for the market; it's entirely possible they could be ramping up to do that again, sharing apps and services between Windows Phone 7 and Symbian / MeeGo.
Show of hands; who has a Windows Phone 7? Oh, that's right.
But seriously, folks. If the recent lack of actual sales numbers from Microsoft are any indication, they could really use the help. MS says they've sold around 2 million units to OEMs, but that doesn't mean 2 million people are actually using the phones themselves. There could still be about 1 million phones sitting on the shelves somewhere.
So that brings us to Nokia. They're still the big cheese oversees and in emerging markets but what have they done for me lately? They have two mobile operation systems in Symbian and Meego. Meego is able to be thrown onto everything from refrigerators to car dashboards but has yet to make an actual impact. Symbian is just flat out long in the tooth. Would Nokia drop one of these OS's in order to fully support Windows Phone 7?
The sticking point mentioned in the Engadget post is that the new CEO of Nokia comes right from Microsoft. If he's quick on his feet, he'll want to start making some cash quick with Nokia and WP7 may be their best bet.
I think Nokia needs Microsoft just as badly as Microsoft needs Nokia. In the end, the real winner here would be enterprise users. They'd get a host of new phones while still being able to use Microsoft's fantastic Exchange and Office features. Which, by the way, we'd be happy to set-up for your business!
Like the Verizon iPhone, there are some tech industry rumors that simply refuse to die, and today it’s the turn of Nokia and a potential Windows Phone 7 device that’s getting raked over the coals once more. Notorious insider – and not known for his love of the Finnish cellphone company – Eldar Murtazin claims that Microsoft and Nokia have been holding ongoing talks regarding a Nokia-branded Windows Phone 7 smartphone range.
According to Murtzin, the meetings were at the prompt of newly-instated Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who is the ex-head of Microsoft Business. He suggests that the first Nokia WP7 devices will reach Europe in Q2 2011, with the “characteristic features” of the Finnish company’s products.
Remember Nokia? Sure you do. They made those small cell phones that everyone had before the Razr. But I bet you're wondering, "what have they done for me lately?". Well, you and me both, friend. You and me both.
I'd answer that, but I still haven't thought of anything. Nokia still makes a ton of money in Europe selling low cost phones to those that haven't gotten the wonder of the iPhone. Mmmm, iPhone.
Ok, back to Nokia. Their Meego and Symbian platforms haven't exactly caught the states on fire. They've made no allusions to getting on the Android bandwagon, so WP7 could be just the thing to get them back into the game. Who wouldn't want a nicely refined OS to put on your sexy phone hardware? Who!?
All I'm saying is that I haven't been wooed by any current WP7 hardware, and would like to see Nokia take a crack.