Originally Posted by RichL
Originally Posted by Maestro64 Prediction,
all the position will be filled with people who are somehow related to Microsoft and then in the next 12 to 18 months you will see all their smart phones having Microsoft Mobile 7 on them.
Not going to happen with Microsoft's current licensing scheme. Nokia is selling around 100 million smartphones a year and that number is increasing at 40%+ YoY. At $15 per license, using Windows Phone 7 would cost Nokia at least
$1.5 billion a year.
I'd wager that $1.5 billion is significantly above what Symbian and MeeGo cost to produce.
Penny wise, pound foolish. The mobile age is all about smartphone apps. Microsoft is spending tens of millions of dollars to encourage developers to develop apps for its platform. To my knowledge, no such effort is being made with Symbian and Meego, and neither platform is known for their app system, despite the amount of time each platform has had to gain such a reputation. Also, as Nokia's profits are dropping, they're developing two mobile OSes. A split personality in such a competitive climate is troubling.
I'm sure that Microsoft would be willing to offer letting Nokia assist them in WinPhone7 development. After all, Nokia has experience in mobile OS development.
Originally Posted by AppDev
Yes that or they will switch to Android and become the largest Android distributor. Reduce OS development costs. Avoid OS licensing costs. Android's market share would skyrocket. Google would get a nice boost in profits. Schmidt might get more arrogant lol.
Originally Posted by ezduzit
<you will see all their smart phones having Microsoft Mobile 7 on them.>
and then oracle will charge out of the woods and give google and android a kneecapping.
I don't see Nokia embracing Android for that reason. Nokia has long been afraid to put OGG support on their phones, because they don't want to risk getting a patent infringement lawsuit. No lawsuits have even been files on the OGG front. There is a tangible lawsuit with Oracle and Google.
On top of this, WP7 has tangibly better enterprise support than Android. Businesses trust Nokia and Microsoft separately, so why wouldn't they trust them together?
I hadn't thought of the idea of Microsoft wooing Nokia to WP7. They should try it.
Originally Posted by Carniphage
I was at a mobile developer conf recently. The rumor there was that Microsoft had actually paid some manufacturers to take Windows Mobile.
It was just scurrilous gossip, but I thought it was quite good scurrilous gossip.
There's precedent in business. In the first few years of Fox News Channel's existence, Rupert Murdoch paid cable companies to carry it (needless to say, he doesn't now). Radio syndicators sometimes offer the first year of a radio show for free.