Sidelining Meego as well........
Hmm, I was looking forward to updating my N900 with that in the future........
I don't see a problem with this.
More competition means more innovation at lower prices (in theory). This isn't even an exclusive deal. I haven't used a WinPho7 phone, but I have no bias against it or Microsoft. Nokia have produced some stunning handsets in the past, but have been let down with the software. Clearly if each sticks to what it does well, then the deal should produce some fairly competitive phones, no?
Guess they needed to do something like that as they weren't really able to compete with what they currently have on offer. It's been a very long time since I've considered buying a Nokia handset!
As other's have mentioned Nokia can design some really nice hardware so this should be a good fit for them though I'd have preferred if they'd used Android.
ive had a nokia phone of some iteration since i first got one in 1998. Ive used a HTC Win7 phone and didnt like it at all.. currently have an E71 and I like it due to the QWERTY.
I guess it doesnt really matter what OS it runs its the design of the phone that matters
was hoping they would switch to android
They had to do something. Looking at their market share was like like looking at a ski slope from the top...
I think Nokia made the right decision. Going with Android would have made it really difficult to differentiate their phones from everyone else's.
Nokia did talk with Google about adopting Android but decided that it "would have difficulty differentiating within that ecosystem" and the "commoditization risk was very high -- prices, profits, everything being pushed down, value being moved out to Google which was concerning to us." Microsoft presented the best option for Nokia to resume the fight in the high end smarpthone segment. (Source)