Nokia N8 Windows Phone 7

I guess Nokia and Microsoft didn't feel like a partnership was "stark raving loony," because today the two companies announced that they're entering a "strategic alliance." Nokia will be adopting Windows Phone 7 onto its handsets, which includes Bing, Office, and Xbox Live integration. Additionally, Nokia's app store will be integrated into the Windows Marketplace. Nokia isn't giving up everything, though, as Ovi Maps will become a "core part" of Microsoft's maps services. So just what's going to happen to Nokia's current OSes, Symbian and MeeGo? Symbian, which was recently replaced by Android as the world's top mobile OS, will eventually be given the axe as WP7 will be featured on all of the company's smartphones. MeeGo won't suffer the same fate, at least not immediately, as it will be given an "experimental" status. The full press release on the deal is below.

We've certainly be hearing rumors of a Nokia-WP7 marriage for some time now, but not many people believed that a deal would actually ever see the light of day. After all, Nokia has long been a stalwart supporter of Symbian, and WP7 is still a fairly new OS. Many expected that, if any deal were to be made, it would be Nokia and Google getting together, but that just wasn't in the cards, it seems. Still, Nokia and WP7 coming together could end up being great for both companies: Nokia gets to use an attractive, more modern OS on its handsets and Microsoft gets a huge hardware partner that can help push WP7 into areas where it normally may not have gone. There's been no indication as to when we can expect the first WP7 Nokia phone to arrive, but the current rumor is that one will hit by the end of the year. So what do you all make of this deal? Would it have been a better idea for Nokia to adopt Android rather than WP7?

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

Companies plan to combine assets and develop innovative mobile products on an unprecedented scale.

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.

Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience
Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements would make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.
Microsoft development tools would be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
Nokia’s content and application store would be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.
“Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services, applications and customer support that make a great experience,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said at a joint news conference in London. “Nokia and Microsoft will combine our strengths to deliver an ecosystem with unrivalled global reach and scale. It’s now a three-horse race.”

“I am excited about this partnership with Nokia,” said Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. “Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale.The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute.”

Please visit www.nokia.com/press for press materials.

Via Engadget, PhoneScoop

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Häkker Mchäck yes. if i can customize it look the way i want and install mods
Jarno Tuomainen I do understand the reasoning behind Nokia's desicion. Better integration with business software (wich is mainly for windows). And since Nokia is known for technical quality of it's products, this might work with business segment. But still, ex MS borg Elop fixing up a shotgun wedding with Microsoft... can't really say that nobody would have guessed that this was coming.
Michael Diaz Sounds tempting.
Emross Mariano Cant understand why Nokia isnt jumping on Google Android bandwagon? Theyre stuck on the Symbian Os, its a good thing they are coming up with Windows Phone 7. Problem is there isnt too much apps yet for windows unlike Google's Android.
Edwin Marquez I was a Nokia user before I entered the smartphone world with iPhone.
Kyle Miller To play off of Nokia's previous comments, getting in bed with M$ WP7 is worse than pissing in your pants in the winter for warmth. It's like pissing on your friend's pants and then getting punched in the face
Rudolfs Stelps Definately not
Zac Hooper Nokia is falling behind, everyone knows that, is this the solution? No, if they were smart they would've started making android devices from the beginning
Nick Koval Gotta try it out first than
Gabriel Artiles Sanchez Nope!! I'm sticking with Android!! Ftw!! Screw iPhone, Windows 7, and Blackberry!! Android is #1!!
Riduan Erikson Pasaribu Nokia? No way. Whatever os they build in their handset, I will take nothing. Samsung with android is much more better.
Peter Kis WP7 has already pretty much proven to be a failure. Choosing that over Android was a massive mistake, if you ask me.
Ahmed Jamal Ibraihimi Ya Its definitely good step taken by Nokia, their partnership will really produce sumthng spectacular which in future evryone wll want to have..... Just wait for one more year nd u wll see the same people who r just talkin abt Android will be ready to switch over to Nokia WP7 phone...... I dnt understand what's so good abt Android, I had used it and found it touch less responsive than ios; and above all did u guys knw google provide Android for free to all it's manufacturers, their only condition for this is that they would be allowed to scrutinize every data people uses on their Android based phones, so it's not secure..... And thr is so much drawbacks in Android compared to ios that google is rolling out updates every month or two; and manufacturers are very unwilling to pass on the updates to their customers swiftly; on ios/nokia or other os updates r available to users as soon as it's released.......
Pragyan Das Let's see if (Nokia+Microsoft) can live up to the expectations of the Nokia zealots... Nokia has a tough time ahead. Hey people lets face it (Nokia+Microsoft) vs (iOS/Android/BlackBerry® 6.0)...Nokia needs to screw it hard after suffering from plummeting market share, dropping from a high of 41 percent in 2008 to 31 percent in the last quarter of 2010...Fierce fight ahead ;-)
Ismam Lifeislikefebreze Hey arien is that possible that I could get new update in my n82 to windows 7 phone please let know !!!
Punyawat Srinoracuth a lot of app. make you win.
Himanshu Mane God knows wen these people will grow some brains... why invest at the lowest market... i think Symbian sells more than windows.. why not go for android or improove there symbian
Laurence Kit de Castro microsoft will be juicing nokia out of its hardware offerings while maintaining wp7 in the market until it is mature enough to compete. nokia saw this as an opportunity to at least have a position in the smartphone war.. best of luck then to nokia.
Pedro Luis Perez @joel... Just curious...why no samsung? Why htc? I have a galaxy s and love it...had an htc hero and it was terrible.
Farai Fatso About time. Now I can go back to my beloved Nokia again. Will they be putting Windows Phone 7 on the N8?
Pedro Luis Perez Never. I have always hoped that nokia would come back to the usa cdma market strong, but now all that is over with. I will never own a windows phone.
Joel Gomez They should have gone with android. I won't be buying.I'll stick with htc android. No samsung.
Michele Dabergami I would even buy an iPhone over a WP7
Maitreya Solanki Big "NOOOOO" for Nokia
Jarno Tuomainen Like ex-Microserf Mikael Jungner said: "Nokia had to choose between plague and cholera" And no, I think I'll stick with Android.
Carlo Serrano Love my WP7 phone. Yes it is missing 3rd party multitasking n flash in the browser but it does have its advantages over Android; Xbox live gaming, Zune media player, and a butter smooth 60fps gpu assisted UI.
Sean Patrick Cleary Wishing Nokia teamed up with google.
Ramon Quintero Great idea. Wp7 and nokia can go real far
Markell Simms I have a surround but if Nokia comes out with sumthing really amazing im deffinatly getting one I wish to have 8mgp camera gorrilla glass and maybe a front facing cam a qwerty keyboard would be nice too
Nick Melnick Hell no. I was excited for MeeGo, but I can't be excited by Windows Phone 7. Nokia lost a customer. :(
Farley Williamson Love Nokia hardware!After all this time Symbian is still rough around the edges.My first 2 smartphones were Windows (5,6.1)and they sucked.Will wait and see.Nokia also has a relationship with Intel should be interesting too see what comes out of a Nokia,Microsoft,Intel relationship!
Mark MacCurrie Quality phones, shit OS. Good luck to em! I'm an Android user anyway!
Michael Patrick It's funny when people are asked a simple question the the jolly green dick riders cue in with a cookie cutter statement. Most people get an Android phone because it is available to the masses and the stupid commercials. What makes Android better than another OS you never even touched? Android is said to be a geeks phone. It's opensource and can easily be hacked. I'd say 75% of the users just buy into the apps and touch screens. Educate your mind. Android is trash. I hated having to buy a new phone every 2 month's just to get a new update. P.S. Paris Coke is a queer.
Haris Bin Shaukat definitely.......sounds pure aawesome
Robert Centennial Quality phones with a quality OS. Awewsome
Seano Washo No I won't be buying. But I'm excited to see Nokia moving forward and looking to rejuvinate themselves.
Daniel Molina Sure, if windows will have more features and market
Sam My of course i will but the home screen is too much babyish looking
Jay Stax Realistically, at least this will bring some QUALITY to the US as far as hardware goes..... Get real people, software aint nothin but a thang ;]
Edward Madera Windows 7 should only stick to computers not phones is just simple and plain!!!
Carlos Quinones Yea I been dual booting wp7 and android. As much as I love the smoothness, transitions, zune, and browser on wp7, I always stick with android cuz there's so much more u can do. which sucks cuz windows 6.5 had so many features despite its ui not being very user friendly. Windows phone 7 needs to take a cue from its older OS, but maintain the user friendly ui
Brian Hamilton Gonna stick with Android. I've had my fill of Windows phones. Not even curious about WinMo 7.
Federico Fernandez Maybe Nokia only had to say goodbye to symbian. I hope Nokia will make a fast and SMOOTH OS. JUST LIKE APPLE. I LOVE NOKIA, but i changed to Apple because of this. No more menu options that lead you to more menu options. I dont know if MICROSOFT was the solution, because people use microsoft because they MUST use it, it already comes with the things you buy, you have no choice. But people use Nokia because they love it, so I would buy one only if their smartphones comes closely to what Apple did with iPhone...
Paris Coke I see why they chose wp7 but no way. Android is still better, they shoulda chose web OS
Tim Smith If they have the best hardware sure. I think most of Nokia's hardware presence though will be outside of the US. We'll most benefit from their services being integrated with Microsoft's such as the maps and things like that.
Esa Edvik they might be worth something in 2 years.
Nick Miller Windows Phone 7 lacks so many of the features that i really want in a smartphone, so until they get those, no thank you.
John Pinkerton Unlikely.

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