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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Little Intrigue Behind the Microsoft-Nokia Deal

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 12:00 AM

"Nokia on Sunday hinted that Microsoft essentially won a bidding war against Google to supply software to the world's largest handset maker and that the software giant agreed to pay "billions" of dollars for the privilege."

It seems like Microsoft and Nokia's Windows Phone deal was based on more than just a technology coordination effort. Much more. Computerworld has written an article that suggests new Nokia CEO Stephen Elop admitted as much on the eve of the Mobile World Congress which started today. According to Computerworld:

"He referred to a slide that Nokia displayed last week that showed marketing resources and other investments flowing from Microsoft to Nokia as part of the deal. While speculation has had that number in the millions or tens of millions of dollars, the figure is actually much higher than that, he said. "In fact the value transferred to Nokia is measured in B's not M's," he said."

The more we learn about the deal the less of a surprise it is, I suppose. For one thing, Microsoft has some very deep pockets that would allow an investment of this size to jumpstart the development of an ecosystem around Windows Phone 7. What is intriguing, though, is the idea that Google was considering coming to the table as well, and that Nokia preferred the idea of a larger multi-player marketplace, rather than an Apple-Android duopoly.

It seems to me there must be still more to this story. Wouldn't Nokia have benefited from a cosy-relationship and position with Google? Did Nokia think the Windows Phone 7 story was so compelling that it swayed it over to the Microsoft side? Seems hard to imagine. We can only speculate at this point and wait for more of the story to unfold. What do you think is going on here? Did Nokia simply respond to the highest bidder, or is there something more to this related to the Microsoft lineage of CEO Elop?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Nokia's Stephen Elop and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Q&A

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:00 PM

This video is worth watching - Elop stresses that one of the key benefits Nokia brings is the ability to get Windows Phone 7 into markets and price points where it isn't currently. The "price points" is an important factor; we know that HVGA (480 x 320) is in the cards for future Windows Phone 7 devices, and you can bet that Nokia will be all over that: they're great at building both low-cost and middle-of-the-road hardware to serve a variety of markets. I can see a small HVGA Windows Phone 7 device hitting the market in late 2011/early 2012 that would allow Microsoft to reach new markets.

This is definitely the biggest announcement yet made for the fledgling Windows Phone 7 platform.

Those Nokia Windows Phone 7 Photos are Legitimate

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 01:35 PM

Over at the official Nokia blog there are two high-res photos of the design mock-ups Engadget showed last week. I'm digging the white and the yellow versions - unfortunately there's no sync/charge port on the bottom, but it's hard to judge a mock-up so I'll hope they put the sync/charge port there.

Also worth noting is the Nokia keynote highlights video below - it explores some of the reasons why Nokia made this move. Android is clearly in Nokia's crosshairs: they want to take out what is now the world's #1 smartphone platform.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Hint of the Future? Nokia's Windows Phone 7 Concept Phone

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:42 PM

Yowzers! I like the look of that phone - Engadget has the details, though there's not much to share at this point beyond there being some work already happening between the two companies. I think that's a great sign - it means this isn't a partnership starting from scratch today; it's been evolving for some time now. I say bring it on: the competition to innovate on Windows Phone 7 just took a step up!

Microsoft & Nokia's Open Letter

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 03:00 PM

"Today in London, our two companies announced plans for a broad strategic partnership that combines the respective strengths of our companies and builds a new global mobile ecosystem. The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world. We both are incredibly excited about the journey we are on together."

Want to read more about what synergies Microsoft and Nokia see with this partnership? Check out the open letter from the CEO's of both companies. Time will tell if this partnership bears real fruit against the twin juggernauts of iOS and Android. RIM is in the mix too, but I see their positioning waning over time unless they do something just as drastic...

Nokia & Microsoft: We Called It in 2008

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 02:30 PM

Darius Wey reminded me of his post from back in 2008 about Nokia releasing a Windows Mobile phone - sure, it was an April Fool's Day post, but even back then I felt Nokia would one day be Microsoft's partner. The world has been moving toward consolidated smartphone platforms for years now, and I felt it was only a matter of time until Nokia partnered up with Microsoft. Back then Android didn't exist yet as a viable platform, so it was almost their only option. They could have gone with Android, but the question is could they have stood out amongst all the competition? In Microsoft they found a partner that was willing to work with them. I look forward to seeing what happens with this partnership this year and next.

Nokia Workers Use Their Flex-Times Hours to Digest Windows Phone 7 News

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:25 AM

"After the announcement of the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft this morning workers voiced their concern with the deal by walking out of Nokia facilities. It is believed that as many as a thousand workers marched out today (or took the day off using flex time) so that the company would know that they don't believe the partnership is in their best interest, even after CEO' Stephen Elop's startlingly frank "burning platform" memo earlier this week."

I'd never applaud someone losing their job, but it's clear that Nokia needed to make a serious change in direction if they wanted to have a future in the mobile industry. A lesser company would have waited until things got so bad that they did it out of desperation rather than as a carefully considered decision.

UPDATE: I've amended the headline because it's not quite the "walk out" I thought it was. From a Nokia spokesperson who contacted The Next Web:

"Some of our employees - not thousands - in Tampere and Oulu decided to take advantage of Flexitime and left the office at around 14.00. This is completely understandable: we have announced major news today, and understand that employees may want to digest this. We will continue active employee communications over the coming weeks, to further engage our employees with the new strategy, and to report on the progress of strategy implementation planning."

Nokia and Microsoft Announce Plans for a Broad Strategic Partnership to Build a New Global Mobile Ecosystem

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:03 AM

More analysis of what this means will come later, but for now, here's the official press release.

LONDON - Feb. 11, 2011 - Nokia and Microsoft today announced plans to form a broad strategic partnership that would use their complementary strengths and expertise to create a new global mobile ecosystem.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Will Nokia Announce a Windows Phone 7 Partnership Tomorrow?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:50 PM

"Microsoft and Nokia are close to cementing a partnership to produce mobile phones together, according to multiple reports. It's like that celebrity couple you never expected to hook up, but who somehow did. Even a former Nokia employee was betting against the prospect of the phone maker working with Microsoft, which would involve shipping Nokia hardware with Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system."

Will Nokia drop a bomb on the mobile world tomorrow and announce that they'll be partnering with Microsoft on a Windows Phone 7 device? My Magic 8 Ball says "It's looking good." Nokia is in a tough spot, having made little to no ground with home-grown MeeGo, and in a year lost over 10% world-wide market share. Nokia makes excellent hardware, but I've personally found their software to be utterly lacking, and their attempts at building an ecosystem have been mixed at best.

I could see Nokia pulling a Palm - build a Windows Phone 7 line for a generation or two, then when their own software is ready, they ditch Microsoft. Of course, we saw how that worked out for Palm...yet Nokia is bigger and has a lot more money. We'll see what happens tomorrow - but I for one would welcome the excellent hardware designs of Nokia into the Windows Phone family.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Nokia Shuts Down "Ovi", Music Streaming Service, in 27 Countries

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 04:06 PM

"Nokia Corp. has announced it will be shutting down its Ovi Music unlimited subscription service in 27 countries. The service - similar to Microsoft Corp.'s Zune Pass - allowed people to pay a set fee to access as much music as they wanted, legally and conveniently. Originally launched with much fanfare in Britain in late 2008, and seen as a major threat to the iTunes dominated market with Nokia securing all four major music publishes [sic], it has seen a sad decline in most markets."

Subscription music is a hard sell, so it's not surprising to see Nokia giving up on it - I have to commend them on getting it all up and running in so many countries in the first's something Microsoft hasn't been able to do with Zune as of yet. Hell, I can't even buy music from the Zune Marketplace in Canada, let alone have a Zune Pass subscription. A key problem with Nokia's Ovi approach was that it locked the music to the handset - I don't think there was a way to get it onto the user's computer. The concept of subscription music is also hard for people to wrap their heads around, even though it's similar to a cable TV subscription.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Should Microsoft buy Nokia?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:30 AM

"Fine. Then Microsoft should buy its way onto Nokia phones, either through an outright acquisition of the company, or through a major strategic investment along the lines of its 2007 investment into Facebook, which has paid off handsomely."

An interesting article by Matt Rosoff over at the Business Insider website postulates that now might be a great time for Microsoft to buy Nokia. Odd bedfellows? Certainly, but Matt makes an interesting set of points including the notion that Microsoft just cannot make enough money off mobile software operating system sales to make the finances work in the long term, Nokia has a huge marketshare for mobile handsets, the two companies have been cooperating on enterprise mobility for years, and Microsoft has cash on hand to do it. There's more to his logic, and it makes for an interesting read. I like one of his final points, and it's worth contemplating: will these two companies slide toward irrelevance if they don't merge? Intriguing idea. Hit the Read link and let us know your thoughts.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Office Mobile 2010 Not Exclusive To Windows Phone 7

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 09:00 PM

Right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing? Or would using independent wandering feet be a better metaphor? Can Microsoft's mobile strategy be any messier with not just multiple mobile OS offerings but also supporting non-Microsoft platforms for core applications? Yeeesh. is reporting that Office Mobile 2010 will be carried not just on Windows Phone 7, but also other mobile platforms such as Nokia's. While it isn't clear what these other platforms will be (Nokia backs MeeGo as well as Symbian), that takes away a huge selling point for Windows Phone 7 - as if we needed more excuses. While this development is certainly great for the Office team at Microsoft, I'm wondering exactly what the Mobile side thinks of this. Good? Bad? Let us know!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Microsoft to Build Office Software for Nokia Phones?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC News" @ 08:12 AM

"Microsoft and Nokia, long adversaries in mobile phone technology, have agreed to a partnership to equip many Nokia cellphones with the Microsoft Office software, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement."

Just like licensing ActiveSync technology to Apple for the iPhone, it's not surprising to see the Office group at Microsoft reaching out to extend their technology to other platforms. Unfortunately this erodes an advantage that Windows Mobile has, but given how stagnant Windows Mobile has been over the past few years, you can't blame other groups at Microsoft for wanting to work with other platforms. Oh, and speaking of the iPhone, it looks like Microsoft might be reaching out there too. And in the meantime, Microsoft had to build their own Facebook app while Facebook built one for the iPhone. That tells you a lot about how the industry perceives Windows Mobile, even though Windows Mobile as a platform is still moving 16+ million units a year. Perception matters.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Nokia Licenses ActiveSync Allowing Devices To Communicate With Exchange

Posted by Ed Hansberry in "Pocket PC News" @ 05:00 AM

"In a move that could make organizing a mobile worker's life easier, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced Tuesday it is enabling Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync on all of its S60 3rd edition handsets. The company did have a downloadable option for ActiveSync since 2006, but it was only available for limited handsets and the company told InformationWeek it didn't do a good job publicizing that option. The S60 series phones are all powered by the Symbian operating system, which is optimized the OS for convergence with current multimedia applications as well as making enhancements to its security. "

That makes 4 mobile platforms that now have some form of ActiveSync built in that allow server syncing with Exchange - Windows Mobile, PalmOS, iPhone 2.0 and Nokia's Symbian S60 series. Nokia has said the option will be coming to the E and N series devices as well.

While this strengthens the Windows Server/Exchange platform, I cannot help but think this weakens the Windows Mobile position. It has bee one of the strengths of the platform distinguishing it from others as an enterprise solution. Now, it is more and more just one of the choices a business professional has.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

APRIL FOOLS: Nokia Ventures Into New Territory: N97w Powered by Windows Mobile

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 11:20 PM

Later this afternoon, Nokia will announce a May release date for its first Windows Mobile handset, the N97w. It resembles the N96 in many ways - similar form factor, 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM, 16GB of storage space, a microSD slot, A-GPS, an FM radio, DVB-H, and TV-out - but it does pack some newer and extended features such as quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.1 support, and a 7.1-megapixel camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics and a dual-LED flash. It also has a 2.8" 262K-colour, QVGA touch screen, fit for displaying Windows Mobile 6 Professional in all its glory. There's no denying it - the N97w has a list of specs that would make any HTC device weak at the knees. A price has yet to be announced, although expect to receive details later this afternoon. Now, who wants one?

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