From Microsoft point of view this is the best move. They could not, so far, break through the market place with Windows Phone 7. Tapping to Nokia will make it possible. Nokia is known, in general as reputable company, and has stores and support all over the world. Considering all of these factors the power to success and establish the third equal option for the consumer is very strong.
The questing remains: Will buyers be convinced to follow them?
Obviously only time will tell if this is truly a win-win. It is great that developers are working on the Windows 7 platform but here are my concerns. 1) When will Nokia release the first Windows 7 based product? They were not promising that it would happen this year. Once released, how far behind will Nokia be in this market? Can they catch up to the Apple's 350K apps or Androids 200k apps? Also, we have to assume that Apple and Google will not be standing still and their market presence will be more solidified in year's time.
As I mentioned before, Nokia has a steep hill to climb. Can they be successful as the third player in this market? Nokia and Microsoft have to come up with a product that will wow consumers and persuade them to switch from their current platforms.
Laurie, I agree that this deal is a potential win-win.Nokia and Microsoft are two giants to looking to reclaim their dominance in the mobile space.For Nokia this is a matter of survival and the stakes for Microsoft could not be bigger as well.These two companies are now more than ever motivated to make this a success.I also found the Flurry chart very interesting.
Here we are Laurie, this is the point. As mentioned very recently (yesterday on this board between me and Bolaji and other people of course), stock market reaction to Nok-Win was quite negative, but we don't understimate how many developers communities working on Microsoft since a long ago could bring tremendous positive impact on Nok-Win apps. Just to give you an example...are we are of the effort required to develop ads on Win instead of other OS? Rgds
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