What do you think of the Nokia Microsoft tie up?
I think its good for choice, and good for Win phone 7. But it looks like a disaster for very large parts of Nokia. I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft ended up purchasing whatever is left in 6 or 12m for peanuts. (NOK are already down 20% on the news)
I’m not convinced its a great move for Microsoft, although I’m not sure what other choices they had if they actually want to participate in the mobile phone market. Of course all of Nokias hardware competitors will be looking carefully at how close this tie up is before they decide which operating systems to invest in. I suspect they will be staying away from Win phone 7 in droves.
The whole thing looks a bit desperate to me, which I think is fair, for both sides.
On the plus side it does show how serious MS are on phones, and chucking a few billion at Nokia is somewhat reassuring. If, for example you were about to embark on a new business venture in windows phone software. (I’m not – are you?)
Are you planning a windows phone? a Nokia? (I havent had a Nokia since they went irrelevant somewhere in the mid noughties.)