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).