Microsoft’s newest operating system for mobile phones, Windows Phone 7 or WP7 for short has had a slow start to its life in a world where Apple and Google dominate. One of the areas WP7 really stands out is the hardware area. There are a lot of great phones including the HTC HD7 and the Samsung Focus, and they might be joined by some more.
Nokia about to hop on board
There have been rumors floating around the web and the business world for the last couple of months about Nokia, and the fate of its business. After the Finnish companies’ problems with its Symbian operating system that they had on their Smartphones, they have been looking around for a new operating system to stick on their hardware. They tried MeeGo but cancelled its first handsets with that operating system. Word is that they seriously considered using Android on their phone, but were concerned about fragmentation issues that plague Google’s software.
That really only left 2 options WP7 and WebOS. Although there has not been anything to show that Nokia were in talks with HP, they probably had a look at the operating system, however it looks like it is Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 that has won over the once great Nokia.
With Nokia looking to get back into the game with their handsets, they believe that the emergence of Windows Phone 7 will do wonders for their line up of Smartphones, which have been struggling because of failures with its open source Symbian operating system.
There are high hopes from both Nokia and Microsoft that the partnership will bring good fortunes to both companies. With Microsoft looking to take a huge chunk of the market away from both Apple and Google with Windows Phone 7, they think that Nokia can help them do that.
While Nokia’s Operating system may not have been the best, the hardware that they have is impressive, which boasts the very good N8. Both companies are hoping that they can bring the best out of each other.
Should the two form an alliance there will certainly be some very good phones that will come to market. I cannot see this being anything other than a win, win for consumers.
While there has been no official announcement yet. Nokia has scheduled a press conference for this Friday February 11th in London , England . If the announcement does indeed confirm that WP7 will be coming to Nokia Smartphones, it will certainly be a boost to the Redmond based Microsoft ahead of the Mobile World Congress, which will be in Barcelona starting on the 14th.
I am looking forward to seeing where this partnership will go. Windows Phone 7 is looking promising and this partnership could be the boost that both companies need to oust both Apple and Google from the top spot in the Smartphone world.