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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

Nokia ruffled more than a few feathers when it announced that it would be shacking up with Microsoft when it comes to smartphone operating systems. Feeling the heat from smartphone operating systems like Apple's iOS and Google's Android, Nokia is winding down its efforts with MeeGo and Symbian in order to embrace the nascent Windows Phone 7 (WP7) operating system.

Now, a new report from BusinessWeek suggests that Nokia was offered a sweet deal to go with Microsoft’s WP7 operating system over the rival Android OS. BusinessWeek says that Nokia will receive roughly $1B as a part of a 5-year deal with Microsoft.

Microsoft, of course, will also profit handsomely from its $1B investment if Nokia's WP7 offerings take off in the marketplace. Unlike with Google's freely available Android OS, Nokia will pay Microsoft a royalty fee for each WP7 handset that it sells.

“This gives Microsoft scale and allows Nokia to rip out costs,” said Colin Gillis, an analyst at BGC Partners in New York, who recommends buying Microsoft shares. “Microsoft is getting the platform boost.” 

Although $1B USD is a nice motivator to adopt WP7, Nokia's Stephen Elop claims that Nokia would have gotten lost in vast sea of me-too Android devices, and that the Microsoft partnership gives it a chance to shine. “A decision to go with Windows Phone creates a very different dynamic. Windows Phone is a challenger. It becomes a three-horse race,” said Elop according to Mobile Beat.

Nokia’s Symbian operating system has been under a constant assault from Android. Android overtook Symbian as the world’s best-selling smartphone operating system in Q4 2010 (33.3 million units versus 31 million units).



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RE: is this any surprise?
By mcnabney on 3/8/2011 2:53:12 PM , Rating: 1
There are only three console companies.

Sony and Nintendo already had 'equivalent' technology.

But my POINT was that MS didn't develop the tech. They saw what the competition was doing and went shopping. Which is fine, but you can hardly claim it was 'your' bright idea.


RE: is this any surprise?
By PrezWeezy on 3/8/2011 7:31:05 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty sure that Android wasn't Google's brain child either.

No big company "innovates" if we use your criteria to define it. Look at any tech company, they buy other smaller companies who have the drive to create something brand new. And those little companies have a HUGE risk in doing so. Microsoft, et al, let someone else take the big risks and then provide to them a way to grow. That's all about pleasing your shareholders. Shareholders want 0 risk. It's part of business.

Sorry, but Google ain't no better than the rest.


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