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Nokia-M$ Strategic Alliance

Posted 09-19-2011 at 11:29 AM by archtoad6
Updated 09-19-2011 at 11:33 AM by archtoad6 (finally post)

Edit 2011-09-19:
This was written shortly after the 1 Febuary 2011 press release; but got left, unfinished, in "drafts".
Although I don't remember what else I was going to say, I am posting it now.
Needless to say, it deserves some updating about the last 9 months developments.


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Originally Posted by archtoad6 View Post
It seems to be official -- from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia#A...ith_Microsoft:
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On 11 Febuary 2011, Nokia entered a strategic alliance with Microsoft, and announced it would replace Symbian and MeeGo with Windows Phone 7. Nokia will, however, retain Symbian for use in mid-to-low-end devices and invest into the Series 40 platform and release a single MeeGo product in 2011.
Well that's maybe not the full story, & it may not be as bad for Linux as it appears. I found this press release*: "Nokia outlines new strategy, introduces new leadership, operational structure".
Consider the implications of these excerpts:
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Nokia Corporation
Stock exchange release
February 11, 2011 at 09.45 (CET+1)
This is an official press release, subject to Stock exchange rules. It is probably as honest a statement as you ever get from a corporation.


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Under the new strategy, MeeGo becomes an open-source, mobile operating system project. MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.
MeeGo is not being completely replaced.


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Smart Devices will be responsible for building Nokia's leadership in smartphones and will be led by Jo Harlow. The following sub-units now in Mobile Solutions will move under Smart Devices:
- Symbian Smartphones
- MeeGo Computers
- Strategic Business Operations
To support the planned new partnership with Microsoft, Smart Devices will be responsible for creating a winning Windows Phone portfolio.
  • Symbian is not being replaced.
  • MeeGo is not being replaced.
  • The new partnership with Microsoft is only "planned".
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