Holy crap! Nokia is in talks with Microsoft about Windows Phone devices?!
I don’t believe I’m writing this, especially after publicly ridiculing even idea of such a thing for a year now. But given the source of the info…
Here it goes– in his weekly op-ed Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin just posted that during the past month, Nokia has started talks with Microsoft to expand their cooperation. The talks were initiated by the new Nokia management. And they are talking not about the technology exchange, or more Microsoft apps on Nokia phones. They are talking about the creation of new line of Windows Phone devices, which could be sold under Nokia brand, via Nokia distribution channels and have some typical Nokia features.
Damn, I can’t believe this may be happening, but given Eldar’s pedigree and former hits, Nokia Windows Phone doesn’t sound as ridiculous to me as it did just a few hours ago.
If this is true, all the brave talk of Nokia’s being back with new Symbian and new Meego, all the proclamations about the confidence in their software strategy, all of that was just an empty boasting. Nokia is throwing in the towel and giving Microsoft the keys to it’s software kingdom. I still can’t wrap my head around this.
I just hope that this is temporary measure, until Nokia gets it’s own software house in order, and is finally able to produce the versions of Symbian and Meego OS that can compete in the marketplace, and when all the goodness of QT, promised for so many years, finally materializes.
Update: Now that I had time to sleep on and think about it, I’m starting to see a lot of positive possibilities in potential Microsoft Nokia Windows Phone 7 deal. Of course, if Nokia and Microsoft doesn’t bungle this up.