R.I.P Symbian, Nokia finally switches OS
Microsoft and Nokia today announced their plans for strategic partnership that aims at building a new global mobile ecosystem. Nokia has adopted Windows Mobile 7 as its primary smartphone OS
“The partnership increases our scale, which will result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world. We both are incredibly excited about the journey we are on together,” said Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia and Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, in a joint statement today.
Nokia will now adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging; it will also contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
The two companies will closely collaborate on development, joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products. As per the developments, Bing will power Nokia’s search services , while Nokia Maps will be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services.
Further plans include:
* Microsoft development tools will be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones and will continue to invest in the development of Windows Phone and cloud services so customers can do more with their phone, across their work and personal lives.
* Nokia’s content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.
“Nokia’s history of innovation in the hardware space, global hardware scale, strong history of intellectual property creation and navigation assets are second to none. Microsoft is a leader in software and services; the company’s incredible expertise in platform creation forms the opportunity for its billions of customers and millions of partners to get more out of their devices,” said Elop.
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