Just In: Windows Phone 7 will power the Nokia phones

Microsoft just announced they partnered with Nokia to be their preferred OS.

Symbian is dead!

Here’s the press release:

LONDON – Feb. 11, 2011 – Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

Under the proposed partnership:

Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.

Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.

Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.

Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.

Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience

Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.

Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.

Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.
“Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said at a joint news conference in London. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”

“I am excited about this partnership with Nokia,” said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. “Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale.The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute.”


Update 03/28/2011:
Nokia confirmed Symbian is Dead: no more Symbian phones after 2012.
It also raises some questions about the future of Qt since Nokia acquired Trolltech in 2008.

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One Response to “Just In: Windows Phone 7 will power the Nokia phones”

  1. Leyton Jay says:

    For the last 10yrs I have been a Nokia evangelist, I must’ve had 12 different models and loved all of them for various reasons. In my opinion they dominated the pre-Smartphone era, when I first saw the N95 I demanded one. That was finally going to bring the internet to the palm of my hand and that was MASSIVE to me.

    In August 2010 I swapped my aging Nokia N96 which was probably the worst phone I’d ever owned (slow, shakey and unpredictable from the moment I took it out of the box) for a Samsung Android and I’ve never looked back.

    The only thing that ever kept me with Nokia was the interface, it was beautifully simple and predictable from phone to phone. But when I saw Android, it blew my mind. Nokia suddenly looked like it had been standing still for years. I’ve always hated Samsung and now thanks to the Android interface, here I was with a Samsung and I’d never been hapier.

    I have absolutely no respect for Microsoft when it comes to the Mobile Phone industry, they are clowns who presume to know what the customer wants but dont. Neither do they understand the market.

    Since 2010 I’d begun to think of Nokia as uninspired and lazy; the poor performance of the N95 and N96 which I paid a fortune for helped cement that. NokiaOS was the most widely distributed software platform in the world at one point, the Symbian system underpinned their success. Now everyone lusts after phones with a free OS from Google that run Java Apps as quick as a flash. Who needs Symbian now? No-one.

    When I heard that Microsoft and Nokia were going to team up I felt as if I were witnessing the beginning of the end for Nokia. I’m not sure how pairing a greedy company with a lazy company would help either one of them. Also, Microsoft have a billion poorly thought through ideas they want to churn-out and Nokia wouldn’t know a good idea if it hit them in the face. The Microsoft Kin was an example of a completely pointless mobile device that was produced at massive cost and only 600 sold worldwide. I think they actually gave away more as freebies than they sold.

    The Microsoft Kin was ridiculous every step of the way, but still got rolled out and went straight from production line into the bin. I sense that this will be the future of the Nokia-Microsoft partnership.

    Microsoft have a history of wasting money on things that never quite took off, that’s fine they are a massive company and thats the price you pay for speculating on the web. Nokia on the other hand do not have the same financial resources to pour down the toilet. Microsoft will be the death of Nokia, I’m sad to say.