While the blockbuster deal that's amped to put Windows
Phone 7 on all Nokia smartphones --essentially phasing out Symbian and making
WP7 the world's second-most popular mobile OS in its place -- is supposed to
benefit both parties involved, it has thus far been met with mixed reaction.
the deal was announced Nokia's shares dropped 14 percent, and a number
of employees -- many on the beleaguered Symbian side -- used the company's flextime
program to go home early.
the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona over the past weekend, Nokia CEO
Stephen Elop was forced to go on the defensive, Business Insider reports, after an audience member asked if he
was a Trojan horse.
obvious answer is no," Elop replied. "We made sure that the entire
management team was involved in the process, and of course the board of
directors of Nokia are the only ones that can make this significant of a
decision about Nokia. They made that final decision on Thursday night."
question was an obvious reference to Elop's past at Microsoft, where he was an
executive for two years before taking the top spot at Nokia. To some, it may
seem a little strange that Nokia would make such a partnership with Microsoft,
particularly after its 10-year investment into Symbian.
had to defend his shares of Microsoft stock, which Business Insider reports
to be approximately 130,000 shares worth nearly $3.18 million.
theorists received additional ammunition Friday, when Nokia announced Chris Weber as its new president
of Nokia Inc. (US) and head of the North American market after current
president, Mark Louison, "decided to leave Nokia and pursue new career
opportunities." Weber spent 16 years at Microsoft, where he held executive
positions as high as corporate vice president.
solid details of the agreement between the two companies have not been
released, news surfaced over the weekend that sheds light on just how big the
deal is. According to Computer World, while
showing a slide that portrayed Microsoft's investments flowing in Nokia's
direction, Elop said, "the value transferred to Nokia is measured in Bs
not Ms." Meaning, Microsoft pay-out to Nokia in the deal would be in the
billions, not millions, of dollars. No additional details were given, like over
how many years the investments would take place.
learned that Google was actively pursuing Nokia in what could have been a
similar deal, but Microsoft won out, according to Elop. "If you
combine the current market share of Android with the market share that Nokia
could deliver to Android over the next couple of years, it’s a very large
number. One could believe the mobile industry thereafter would be some form of
duopoly," Elop said. The decision to go with Microsoft over Google was
made to change the dynamic and make it "a three-horse race," as Elop
said. Presumably, the multi-billion-dollar investment doesn't hurt, either.
availability, a top executive told Computer World that the
first WP7-powered Nokia's will be available this year.
quote: Over the past week my wife's iPod died where the buttons wouldn't work and she purchased a refurbished one from the Apple store. We couldn't give up the few devices we have that the iPod plug into and she likes the device. I had to re sync her device and she wanted to add new music too it since it had been a long time.The iPod itself is a very nice device like I said but the iTunes software is a total piece of SHYT compared to Zune. Yes I said Zune. WTF is with saving songs to a playlist? Why cant I right click and just send to the device? iTunes is F-ing horrible software.On a Zune you name your devices like Mikes and Lisas. You can right click on any media and send to Mikes and this album send to Lisa. When the devices are powered on they transfer via Wifi or by plugging it in via USB. How in the world can anyone mock the Zune when the software is worlds better than what Apple threw up. I was blown away by how lousy the iTunes software was compared to Zune marketplace.It occurred to me again the reason they mock the Zune is simply because they never used it and that why they dont know how bad iTunes overcomplicated what could be much simpler.
quote: I couldnt possibly agree less with this. I cringe at the thought of needing ANOTHER propietary cable that does NOTHING other than over charge me for something I've been doing forever. Only the most dedicated mac users can appreciate the 'feature' of this proprietary connector. Mini USB FTW, as long as the phone manufacturer doesn't put it in an awkward place.
quote: It is nothing to do with connector - you would have as many accessories if iPhones and iPods ended up with, say, micro USB connector instead of proprietary one.