Friday, February 11, 2011

Microsoft + Nokia = match made in heaven?

Can't really say I am surprised at this morning's development at Nokia + Microsoft.  In case you haven't heard, the big news this morning (the day before MWC next week - or the business day before MWC...) is that Nokia + Microsoft have signed an agreement to join forces to battle the likes of Apple and Google.

Nokia efforts at that POC "MeeGo" wasn't getting them anywhere.  It looks old and crappy (I am looking at you Blackberry OS 6) before it ever came out on the market.  Nokia did the right thing in killing off MeeGo.  Unfortunately, this sounds like a big layoff is coming soon at Nokia.

Even though Nokia is losing market share to the likes of Apple and Google, they are still "massive" in terms of market share worldwide in terms of dumb phones and is still a "brand name of choice" in many countries.  So what does this marriage brings to the table?

In terms of details, you can read it here.  Personally I think this is a great day for consumers of smartphones.  More choices can never be a bad thing.  Nokia brings their hardware expertise to the table (not sure how HTC, Samsung, LG would react to this...), and well Microsoft brings their software expertise to corporation like Nokia who are badly in need of a kick in their software heads.  You can laugh all you want about Microsoft "software expertise" but since the Windows Vista's disaster, MS is really on a roll in terms of usability and delivery of solid software.

It's also a great day for us WP7 developers...  hopefully this would mean that the marketplace will get a lot of traffic and hopefully that will lead to more sales..

On another note, Rogers is going to be selling the Dell Venue Pro soon (March timeframe) for $199.99 on a 3 year contract and $599.99 off contract (thanks BGR!)

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