Today Nokia and Microsoft have announced a partnership that will collectively leverage Microsoft and Nokia's strengths and resources. Although the fruit of this long-term partnership will primarily affect Windows Phone 7 and Nokia's smartphone line-up, other areas of either companies business' will also be getting some of the good stuff.

The partnership primarily aims to leverage Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform and eco-system along with Nokia's hardware expertise and market/carrier reach around the world to build a new line-up of Nokia branded smartphones running Microsoft's mobile OS. But things aren't as cut and dry. Although the software driving these devices will be WP7, Nokia will be integrating some of its own software components into the platform. Primarily, this will be the excellent 'Maps' application, which moving forward, Microsoft will also be using in its own Bing eco-system.

Although Nokia insists that Symbian and Meego will not die, it is quite clear that Symbian will eventually be put to rest and whatever core Symbian IP Nokia has, could be absorbed into the Windows Phone codebase. Meego on the other hand will continue to live the existence as Nokia's 'expirmental platform' of choice, with a Meego device expected sometime this year. Nokia has also mentioned that it's 'Qt' framework will not be coming to WP7.

Clearly, the mobile devices market in 2011 is going to be much more interesting (and potentially beneficial) for the consumer. Apple and Google will seriously have to re-think their stratergies now that they have three very strong and able competitors in HP's excellent webOS, RIM's promising QNX and now Nokia-Microsoft's extensive partnership.

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  • LostPassword - Friday, February 11, 2011 - link

    Meant meego. Damn auto correct Reply
  • Tanclearas - Friday, February 11, 2011 - link

    Microsoft partnered with Sega on the Dreamcast just before introducing the XBox. I wonder what will happen to Nokia phones... Reply
  • Sam125 - Saturday, February 12, 2011 - link

    Not only that, but Microsoft leeched key IP for the Cell processor from IBM while developing their xbox. It kind of boggles the mind why any company would want to do business with a company like Microsoft with their business practices.

    Yes, Bill Gates is a great guy and philanthropic blah blah blah but he also created a software company with a history of creating relationships with companies only to turn around and gut them later.
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  • Johnmcl7 - Friday, February 11, 2011 - link

    Although it was rumoured I couldn't see it happening as it makes no sense for Nokia as one of the most open and varied handset manufacturers to go with the most locked down OS. Looks like the N900 will be my last Nokia for a while.

    John
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  • LostPassword - Friday, February 11, 2011 - link

    guys, read the article. deal goes both ways. Nokia gets to put ovi store in wp7, and they are the only phone manufacturer allowed to skin the OS, although CEO said he doesn't iniitially want to change too much for compatibility with other wp7 phones. Reply
  • wvh - Friday, February 11, 2011 - link

    This is a very sad day for Nokia, and even Qt, Linux and Finland. A lot of good open-source ideas and developers are now thrown out with the bathwater. While Nokia has been messing up for years, becoming a Microsoft slave and seeing its stock price crash is rather painful. I don't believe Nokia can set themselves apart with Microsoft's interface, and we all know that most companies that went in bed with Microsoft come out screwed pretty badly. The writing was on the wall though, considering the Microsoft shill that took over as CEO... I don't understand why they didn't put more serious effort behind Linux, Maemo and Meego instead of years of standing by passively and waiting out where the market was headed. They could have kick-started "Android" before Google, if they had only played their cards right and believed in their own products.

    I can only hope they continue to experiment with Meego or something completely different behind closed doors, so we might see some more original devices – if even HP can do so with webOS, perhaps all is not lost...
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  • Sam125 - Saturday, February 12, 2011 - link

    The Nokia+ WP7 partnership isn't a dead end like it seems at first glance. Nokia got beta up pretty bad on the stock market after the announcement with Microsoft so the market thinks this is a pretty bad idea but if they (Nokia) keeps slipping like they have been, then they become a tempting buyout target from a competently managed company which would see Nokia shaken up with a management pruning and life goes on for Nokia. See? It's not all doom and gloom. (: Reply
  • nofumble62 - Saturday, February 12, 2011 - link

    Win7 didn't excite buyer. Adding a Nokia name to it won't make any damn difference.

    Android phone is a commodity. Betcha, but they are far better than Window Phone. Sorry MS.
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  • B3an - Saturday, February 12, 2011 - link

    Have you actually used WP7? Because i be you haven't. If the OS is combined with better hardware than the current phones then it will be a great combinations. It's one of the best and most polished phone OS's out there. FAR better than Android and iOS when they first come out. Reply
  • shangshang - Saturday, February 12, 2011 - link

    stupid American spelling police on patrol.. get life Reply

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