Rumor discussion: Nokia and Microsoft to team up on Windows Phone 7



  • One more thing, what I really do not understand in the deal with MS is - Microsoft have NOTHING TO OFFER in the area of smartphones. MS gets the best hardware, and the gossip says that Samsung wanted to stop producing for MS....

    I tried Windows 7 handset and UX is much better on Symbian 3 + QT.
    and who is using Bing?!? it's not like the promise of Bing on my phone would make me buy it!



  • [quote] UI of MS phone is ugly and would have to be totally redone if they want to compete with Apple[/quote]
    Yeah, I've heard the same things about MS Ribbon a few years ago. Where is the ribbon an where are those prophets now?



  • what does MS have to offer in the area of smartphone?what do they give to Nokia in this deal?



  • [quote]One more thing, what I really do not understand in the deal with MS is – Microsoft have NOTHING TO OFFER in the area of smartphones[/quote]
    Do you really think you know better than Nokia CEO and key shareholders?
    [quote]what does MS have to offer in the area of smartphone?what do they give to Nokia in this deal?[/quote]
    Isn't it obvious? MS gives NOKIA WP7.



  • just like other developers we spend many months to be able to produce good level application using QT.Now ,it 's seems that is a waste investment and we better have publish on appStore or android market.



  • right now only 3% of smartphone owners decided that WP7 is worth their money. So obviously to have a killer smartphone as Nokia promises, SOMETHING will have to be changed in WP7 to sell better, don't you think?
    I do not see any difference from using Symbian in the short term.



  • Just do it then. If you see no future with Qt just stream your energy on products you believe in!
    Also, nothing in programming is a waste of time. Each new step in any framework is a step forward in your skills. If your skills depends on a framework than you are not a good programmer. Nothing personal, just my opinion



  • not related about what we said before



  • [quote]I do not see any difference from using Symbian in the short term.[/quote]
    Exactly. And because of it MS+Nokia union is the long term entity. CEO primary goal is to lead company in long term not in short term.



  • and yes, you are right, many companies and individuals WILL concentrate on other platforms, and Nokia will be left with no decent apps, just like now, which means no one will want to buy their phone



  • [quote author="dguimard" date="1297603147"]not related about what we said before[/quote]
    it was an answer to [quote]Now ,it ‘s seems that is a waste investment and we better have publish on appStore or android market.[/quote]



  • [quote author="ixSci" date="1297602709"]Do you really think you know better than Nokia CEO and key shareholders? [/quote]
    I honestly believe they have a very US-centric view born out of hiring US execs and directors to recover their US marketshare. In doing so, they will kill their global market which is actually worth quite a lot more. All those US software companies can't penetrate Europe and Asia. Now Nokia is also US software. Europeans will flock to US products. Game over.

    If you look at global marketshare, Nokia has been doing very well with the competition from Apple & Google. You'd expect them to be demolished by such large companies. However, four years later and they are still outpacing growth of Apple and outselling Google and they are just one manufacturer. Take US out of the equation and Nokia is (was) way ahead. 76% in Asia, about 50% elsewhere.

    I believe they don't understand their products whatsoever. If they did, they'd focus on something already.



  • good point Sacha



  • [quote]I honestly believe they have a very US-centric view [/quote]
    It seems so but whether an Apple strategy is different? If they bet on US market then it means something, don't you think?
    [quote]In doing so, they will kill their global market which is actually worth quite a lot more.[/quote]
    Could you please provide some digits? Your assert is a bit subjective



  • It means they will now lose European and Asian market which is worth many billions more.
    Sure, there are massive profits to be made in US as the average customer doles out $67/month for a smartphone plan but it will very soon crash as operators become dumb pipes. Apps like Skype, WhatsApp (available for everyone but Windows Phone) and Viber are making calls/text redundant. They've made me cancel my unlimited calls/text.
    The entire culture of plans in the US revolves around ridiculous monthly fees and 'free' handsets while eliminating pre-paid (really, it's not possible to get your smartphones pre-paid -- I've tried [CDMA or more expensive than plan, etc]). It's very unstable profits that only require a shift in culture or an operator that attempts to undercut the competition to break this whole thing down.
    Instead, in the future, people will hop on the increasing availability of cheap wireless data.
    This, combined with smartphones becoming more affordable and the general trend of dumbphones->smartphones increasing will lead to a global market that is far more profitable than the US. Even more so than it already is.

    Right now, US is a hot centre and Nokia is trying to take it on. However, in doing so, it's alienating all its customers (no Meego, no Qt) and it appears it will lose its dominance in the long-term.

    I'm sure they think they know what they are doing. And it's usually best to believe a company isn't making worse decisions than some armchair commentator. But in this case it looks quite dire to me.



  • xsacha, ok. I don't want to argue more. You know better than me I'll just step aside.



  • NONE



  • Qt will continue to be the development framework for Symbian and Nokia will use Symbian for further devices; continuing to develop strategic applications in Qt for Symbian platform and encouraging application developers to do the same. With 200 million users worldwide and Nokia planning to sell around 150 million more Symbian devices, Symbian still offers unparalleled geographical scale for developers.
    Extending the scope of Qt further will be our first MeeGo-related open source device, which we plan to ship later this year. Though our plans for MeeGo have been adapted in light of our planned partnership with Microsoft, that device will be compatible with applications developed within the Qt framework and so give Qt developers a further device to target.
    Check this to see what other developers have to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfWFvCJJaNs



  • [NOTE: merged this in from separate thread "New ecosystem", Volker]

    I was wondering how can Nokia and MS build an ecosystem with 1.5% WP market share. App developers consider a platform only if it has a considerable market share.A vast majority of 'Nokia developers' are either c++ or Java developers. I don't understand the Nok-MS thinking. Do they think that all of a sudden, these developers are going to learn .Net and write code for WP ? That is the impression I get from some of the discussions elsewhere. C++ developers are most likely to find other c++ jobs, either Qt (non-mobile, embedded) or others. Necessitas provide the Android path ( Thanks Bogdan, also to Nokia for lighthouse project ). J2me developers have S40 and other feature phones or they may move on to Android. Then Nokia will loose a vast majority of its current developerbase.

    It will take years for WP, however good, to gain atleast some marketshare. WP, however good it may be, still will be just one among the many. I'am just wondering how all this will end, for Nokia. I really feel this is an attempt to rescue MS at the cost of Nokia.



  • Just ran up to "this":http://www.mobile-review.com/articles/2011/birulki-115-en.shtml news. More info about the phone they gonna use in the unexpected merge.


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