quote: It's for the better anyways... Microsoft has always been good about planning these thing's and Nokia didn't really have a choice, they need something competitive. They have a great developing WP7 platform. People change and so do the trends.
quote: In memoriam: Microsoft’s previous strategic mobile partnersMicrosoft’s new “strategic partnership” with Nokia is not its first. For a decade the software company has courted and consummated relationships with a variety of companies in mobile and telecom. Here are the ones I can remember:LG. In February 2009 Microsoft Corp. signed a multiyear agreement for Windows Mobile to be included on devices from LG Electronics Inc. LG would use Windows Mobile as its “primary platform” for smartphones and produce about 50 models running the software. What happened? LG made a few Windows Mobile devices but with WinMo uncompetitive, they abandoned the platform and moved to Android losing years of market presence and all their profits.Motorola. In September 2003, Motorola and Microsoft announced an alliance to. “Starting with the introduction of the new Motorola MPx200 mobile phone with Microsoft Windows Mobile software, the companies will collaborate on a series of Smartphone and Pocket PC wireless devices designed to create a virtual “remote control” for the Web-centric, work-centric, always-on-the-go mobile professional.” In addition, the alliance includes cooperation on joint marketing and wireless developer programs. What happened? Motorola launched a series of Windows Mobile phones culminating in the Motorola Q “Blackberry killer”. As Motorola hit the rocks in profitability new management reached for the Android liferaft. The company now relies exclusively on the Droid franchise.Palm. In September 2005 Palm and Microsoft announced a strategic alliance to “accelerate the Smartphone market segment with a new device for mobile professionals and businesses. Palm has licensed the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system for an expanded line of Treo Smartphones, the first of which will be available on Verizon Wireless’ national wireless broadband network.” What happened? Palm shipped a few Windows Mobile, famously dismissing Apple’s potential entry as something “PC guys” could never achieve. A new CEO, a private placement and an acquisition later the company is a division of HP making its own operating system.Nortel. When Steve Ballmer was famously laughing at the iPhone and saying that he likes the Windows Mobile strategy “a lot” he was sitting next to the then-CEO of Nortel (Mike Zafirovski formerly of Motorola) with whom the company had just closed a strategic deal. ”an alliance between Microsoft and Nortel announced in July 2006 … includes three new joint solutions to dramatically improve business communications by breaking down the barriers between voice, e-mail, instant messaging, multimedia conferencing and other forms of communication”. What happened? Nortel declared bankruptcy two years later.Verizon. In January 2009 “Verizon Wireless has selected Microsoft Corp. to provide portal, local and Internet search as well as mobile advertising services to customers on its devices. The five-year agreement will go into effect in the first half of 2009 when Microsoft Live Search is targeted to be available on new Verizon Wireless feature phones and smartphones.” The deal would ensure Bing distribution to all of Verizon’s smartphone customers. What happened? Bing did ship on some devices but in October 2009 Droid came to Verizon.
quote: Please Troll.. go crawl back into whatever hole you just came out of.Half the BS you just posted is not even correct. Especially the little tidbit about Nortel at the bottom. Going bankrupt had absolutely NOTHING to do with Microsoft.
quote: lets not get into the fact that timelines done line up, certain facts are incorrect and some of the responses don't make any sense
quote: For the first time ever, a technology brand that was leading in the market, abandoned its platform and selected one of the smallest rivals. Microsoft which built its massive and profitable empire on the PC, was never able to do so in mobile (their peak market share was about 12%, and they currently have 3% but that includes the about-to-be extinct Windows Mobile. Microsoft's new OS, the one Nokia will adopt, called Phone7 has only 1.5% in Q4. Nokia had 33% for the whole year; Who is the winner here?).
quote: This is the same Microsoft that stopped having annual release numbers (years in the software version Windows 95, Windows 98 etc) because they could not release new software BY YEAR ! If you thought Nokia delays with N8 were bad, that was only delayed by a couple of quarters. Microsoft can't even commit to releases by year.The 'partnership' with Microsoft is very dangerous on many levels. On the one hand, this is Microsoft, the company previously known as the evil empire. How did it gain that wonderful nick-name? From all sorts of dirty tricks and lawsuits. Do you remember how Micrsoft got into smartphones? You're too young to remember. When Microsoft announced it was coming to smartphones, they selected UK based Sendo, as their launch customer and handset maker - then when the first Sendo handset was almost ready for launch - Microsoft pulled them from the deal, sued them silly, and went with Taiwanese HTC. The lawsuits ran for years, Sendo argued that Microsoft had stolen their ideas, not delivered on any software promises, were delayed on all schedules, and then gave Sendo's proprietary handset and market knowledge to HTC. Nice. The lawsuit was finally settled years later. But this is 'normal' for Microsoft.How well did its partnership with HTC go? HTC is the company that manufactured more than half of all smartphones on the Windows Mobile OS with more than a dozen other handset makers doing far less than half. HTC was so disgusted by Microsoft by the end, that they announced loudly they were switching to Android the moment that became available - to the point, HTC said they would not even use the next (which turned out to be last) version of Windows Mobile. Thats Microsoft partership for you. Motorola, another early Windows Mobile client, was so fed up with Microsoft's games, they said no Phone 7 smartphones ever! Moto said they only do Android. Samsung, LG, SonyEricsson and HTC give lip-service to Microsoft, all putting most of their effort to Android where they have a friendly OS provider (as in 'do no evil' haha).
quote: You spend post and post bitching against Microsoft these last few days. What's your goal in it?
quote: the great beached whale looks like it might be slowly dying.
quote: First off, you never have to do anything. The computing market hasn't ever been Microsoft exclusive. Microsoft may be dominating the desktop space but it's not the only game in town, never was.
quote: Second, for a company that produces "third rate software" it's a wonder to me why it's office and operating system products are kicking the crap out of FREE ALTERNATIVES all day long. Interesting...
quote: quote:the great beached whale looks like it might be slowly dying.Good luck with that...
quote: Wow what a pointless exercise. You want to poll about 2yrs from now? I say 150%. Ill meet you here in 2 YEARS to see who is right. bwahaha.
quote: The one bad thing from an MS perspective is that this may sour relationships with other manufacturers.
quote: More than likely the typically reserved Google is lashing out, based on a bit of discomfort.
quote: And just like that Windows Phone 7 has been slated to, in all likelihood, claim the #2 spot in smart phone global sales by operating system.