Microsoft-Nokia mobile deal could benefit both

Victoria Reitano
March 1, 2011 —  (Page 1 of 3)
Nokia’s announcement last month that it will give up the MeeGo and Symbian smartphone operating systems in favor of Windows Phone 7 could work if everything falls into place, according to Forrester Research analyst Ted Schadler.

“It's way too early to tell if this [Microsoft-Nokia] partnership will be successful or if anybody, particularly your U.S. and European employees, will care about Nokia smartphones or tablets running Windows Phone 7,” Schadler said a blog post.

Schadler said it all hinges on “ifs”: If they nail the product experience, sign up carriers, quickly roll out a competitively priced tablet, and if they port Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Excel to the tablets and phones running their OS. He added that they also need to build out the app store and sign up the appropriate vendors in order to be relevant to the market.

In an open letter from both Nokia CEO Stephen Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (provided by Microsoft as response to a request for information on the deal), plans for the strategic partnership were outlined. The companies plan to join their products and expertise to enhance both of their existing strategies for mobile development, including utilizing Nokia’s hardware knowledge, the Bing search engine, Nokia’s mapping technology, and a collective global reach.

Nokia, according to its website, will turn Symbian into a franchise platform, allowing Nokia to retain and sell additional handsets with the operating system before transitioning Symbian-based phones to their new collaborative operating system with Windows Phone 7.

MeeGo will become an open-source platform, similar to the Android OS. Intel, Nokia’s former partner in the MeeGo project, said in a statement at the Mobile World Conference on Feb. 14 that it is committed to the project. Additionally, Intel showcased a MeeGo Tablet User Interface, which “features an intuitive object-oriented interface with panels displaying content and contacts,” according to the company.

Schadler said that while enterprise developers will not be able to go out and immediately use the technology that might be provided by this partnership, they need to monitor its progress.

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03/01/2011 09:41:40 AM EST

Are you kidding me? I'd been a nokia smartphone fan long time before Steve Jobs even knew what the smartphone is, but after this move with Microsoft I'm giving up on it. Nokia has clearly failed to take Symbian to the next level, and years of teasing with different OSes just proved this platform is no longer worth investing to. Why would anybody buy Nokia's smartphone, if a year later its OS will be discontinued???? This move forced Nokia's huge base of developers to move onto another platforms, so their app market wiht msft phones will be very poor. Look what happened to Palm after Msft started messing with it...

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