Computer World: “IDG News Service – Nokia on Sunday hinted that Microsoft essentially won a bidding war against Google to supply software to the worldâ€™s largest handset maker and that the software giant agreed to pay â€œbillionsâ€ of dollars for the privilege.”
That explains a lot.
I was preparing to write a post based on some tweets by Robert Scoble. I thought Nokia had kind of lost their minds based on those tweets. They definitely have the talent to make Android do what they want, it would take time to do it, but they could do it. If Microsoft is supplying them custom builds of Windows Phone that will take time as well.
Microsoft has essentially bought a hardware company to help push Windows Phone 7. Not bad, not bad at all. If this works, and Nokia can patch up the disaster this deal caused internally, it could help push Windows Phone into competition with the iPhone and Android.
It could happen.
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Yes, very smart move. It will definitely strengthen both of their respective games.
It will be interesting to see what happens though.. Two “old school” giants might not make a good combination. Kind of like AOL and Time Warner didn’t exactly flourish at on-line media.
It will be interesting to watch. I will never underestimate Microsoft, never. Contrary to popular belief they create excellent products and they absolutely get quality. Their phone OS reset, while it has a horrible name, was a great idea, and they know how to support developers. Their developer tools are second to none. That more than anything could quickly push them up the ladder.