Nokia and Microsoft partnership for Windows Phone 7 ain’t happening

Recent rumors of a Nokia and Microsoft partnership had some fans drooling for a Windows Phone 7 handset from Finland, but it doesn’t look like it really will happen. Of course, we have our very own Nokia alumni who already called shenanigans on the rumor, but now a Nokia employee – who is soon to be laid off – confirms it: Nokia won’t adopt Windows Phone 7 unless it becomes extremely desperate.

The manufacturer already likened adopting Android to pissing itself to keep warm, and since Android is a far more rich and mature platform than Windows Phone 7, what would make anyone think that the Finnish manufacturer would use it?

Nokia’s game plan lies in MeeGo right now as asserted by the soon-to-be-former employee, Watts Martin:

“Some have theorized that they’re looking at (WP7) as a ‘stopgap’ until the MeeGo strategy is ready, but again, give me a reason that it’s a better stopgap for Nokia than a Symbian^3 phone with Qt,” wrote Martin. “Nokia really does have their OS strategy figured out, and it’s a good one. What they don’t have figured out is user experience design, a way to compete with the ‘$85 smartphone’ Horace Dediu envisions, and, oh yes, the whole damn North American market.”

That ought to quash any hopes that the folks in Espoo would be adopting Windows Phone 7. The problem with these rumors and those who perpetuate them is that little thought is given to how it fits with Nokia’s current position and actual strategy, and how pursuing a change of course in direction would actually help. It doesn’t fit with Nokia, the company never said it was part of its strategy and it won’t help. See? It didn’t take more than two seconds to make a sensible series of thoughts about that issue.

For now, it’s probably better to keep an eye on Peter Skillman’s team and what will come of MeeGo. We’ve heard plenty of times that it’s like “nothing we’ve seen before” and it takes the user interface to a whole new level. And indeed, if Nokia is going to have a fighting chance against Apple and Google, it’s going to need an incredible OS and UI.

[Via: Talking Mobile]

  • Greg_A

    Everyone knows that Windows Phone 7 has suffered lackluster sales since launch.

    In other words, Windows Phone 7 has been a flop.

    This will result in Microsoft’s OEM partners reconsidering their Windows Phone 7 efforts. It’s only a matter of time before some OEMs abandon Windows Phone 7. It was therefore unrealistic that a prestigious phone maker like Nokia would go anywhere near Windows Phone 7.

    Nokia’s MeeGo OS will do better in the market than Windows Phone 7 did (which is basically dead and buried).

    • Anonymous

      @Greg_A: troll

    • Wow kinda likw 1.5 million in 1 1/2 months?
      Thats faster growth than Android or the 1st iphone had.
      They reached 1 million faster than either.

      Oh and also the fasted growth of apps.. 5000 now and growth predicted to continue at this pace if not faster. Thats also faster than iOS or Android app growth in 2 months.
      Symbian, in all this time out, has reached only 50,000 aps.

      But thanks for your fantasy thoughts of MS failure Greg 😉

      Oh and what will you say when MS has cut and past, has multitasking, has tethering this January/February ?!

      • Not to mention the article is recieting troll information from an employee that is being let go/leaving nokia.

        All the points he makes are the reasons that Nokia is losing money and where a MS collaboration would actually help.

        • Nokia and Microsoft ARE collaborating. However, you have to be nuts to think that Nokia could actually benefit much by taking in WP7. IF they did that, they would lose all support from developers to their Qt strategy. Nokia N8 is already selling by the millions, despite the very meticulous dissing that’s going on. I predict that the N8 will sell more than all WP7 handsets combined in Q4, and that’s just ONE model running on SYMBIAN. Qt is what matters.

        • Nokia and Microsoft ARE collaborating. However, you have to be nuts to think that Nokia could actually benefit much by taking in WP7. IF they did that, they would lose all support from developers to their Qt strategy. Nokia N8 is already selling by the millions, despite the very meticulous dissing that’s going on. I predict that the N8 will sell more than all WP7 handsets combined in Q4, and that’s just ONE model running on SYMBIAN. Qt is what matters.

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