On February 11, 2011, in a joint press release, Microsoft and Nokia announced that the companies were going to be partners in the mobile phone and device market. Essentially, what this means is that Nokia hardware is going to feature the Windows Phone 7 operating system. Of course, the press release used more glowing language and emphasized the buzz term "mobile ecosystem."
Now, I have no problem with the partnership; in fact, I think it was an excellent strategic move by Microsoft. They get their Windows Phone 7 operating system on more hardware and immediately get more international exposure and access to a larger market. The move makes perfect sense for Microsoft.
As for Nokia, well, I think Jason Hiner made some valid points about their strategy in his Tech Sanity Check blog post. The move constricts Nokia from what is likely to be the largest platform for mobile devices for years to come, Android. I think a better strategy for Nokia would have been to remain agnostic about the operating system. It seems to me that hardware is where Nokia should be concentrating their resources.
But what do you think? Is the Nokia and Microsoft partnership a good move for both companies? Is there really hope for their mobile ecosystem or are the established ecosystems of Apple and Android too far ahead?
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.