Microsoft and Nokia put pen to paper, partnership is official

It was back in February when Nokia made the announcement that they would be switching to WP7 for their premium branded devices. While the news came as a shock to the industry, the deal is now official as both parties have signed the contract.

AllthingsD is reporting that the contract is hundreds of pages long and covers everything from financial obligations to who is responsible for technical components in the future devices. The contract progress appears to have gone faster than either party imagined considering the breadth and scope of the agreement. Nokia has also confirmed that they do have Nokia branded hardware currently running WP7. Nokia stated:

Getting the contract signed was a milestone, but Oistamo said he is even more pleased with the technical work that has taken place in the past 60 days–including getting the first Nokia hardware running Microsoft’s operating system.

Nokia will bring to the WP7 market hardware that Microsoft desperately needs. Nokia is known for its quality products but has suffered as of late because of its aging OS. With WP7, Nokia hopes to gain back marketshare that has been lost to iOS and Android and Microsoft hopes to increase the footprint of WP7.

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It's worth mentioning Windows 7 phones like Samsung Omnia 7 or LG Optimus 7 are of the best build quality among todays smartphones, they just don't feel cheap like 90% of todays phones. And Windows Phone 7 itself is an OS with very great opportunities being backed up by Microsoft.

When you do a deal with the devil things don't work out well. Microsoft has a history of destroying their partners. I give Nokia two/three years before they get sold off (patent assets) or go bankrupt.

Flawed said,
When you do a deal with the devil things don't work out well. Microsoft has a history of destroying their partners. I give Nokia two/three years before they get sold off (patent assets) or go bankrupt.

Could you give an example of a partner that Microsoft has destroyed? Seems like Toshiba, Dell, Samsung, Asus, etc. are doing pretty well...

GP007 said,
Good news that they signed this ahead of schedule as well, gotta like the sound of that.

Yeah, hopefully the phones will release early too. lol Maybe on Verizon... haha

After seeing Mango and applications like the Quantas one, its exciting to think what Nokia could do. Time to ditch these cheap, crap phones from HTC and the like.

Best of luck to both Nokia and Microsoft. It's going to be good for consumers to have the tech heavyweights Apple, Google, and Microsoft compete in the mobile OS segment. As a Canadian I hope RIM can save the BlackBerry OS, but somehow I don't think they'll be able to compete in this sector in the long term. I hope I'm wrong though. WebOS will also vanish just as Symbian will.

thealexweb said,
Yay that it'll help speed Symbian's decline, big shame that they won't be using Android at all though

Well, with economies of scale and the development costs of Android to consider, it would do little more than hurt their bottom line...

simrat said,
is it only me who thinks those phones in the pic are beautiful!

they do look nice and certainly more appealing in many ways than the 'professional' looking HD7 that i've got.

simrat said,
is it only me who thinks those phones in the pic are beautiful!

I wouldn't say beautiful but they're certainly appealing and I really like that they come in differetn colors. I wonder if thats a rubberized back. I have a Dell Venue Pro and I really it had a rubberized back for secure gripping.

simrat said,
is it only me who thinks those phones in the pic are beautiful!
Those devices are cute, but the other concept phones that were leaked (black, pink, cyan) look more sleek and high end...If those actually get manufactured and released, they can definitely count on me purchasing the device!

simrat said,
is it only me who thinks those phones in the pic are beautiful!

Absolutely. I would buy that phone if it came out. I love the blue... lol

Ely said,
I have a feeling this is exactly what WP7 needs to totally succeed and quickly.

I think there's a good chance that this deal might scare off the other manufacturers though. If one manufacturer (Nokia) gets special treatment from MS, then that's just not very fair for the others now is it?

MS Lose32 said,

I think there's a good chance that this deal might scare off the other manufacturers though. If one manufacturer (Nokia) gets special treatment from MS, then that's just not very fair for the others now is it?

I was concerned about that when I heard about it as well... I guess we'll have to see what happens. I'm hoping that isn't the case.

Can only be a good thing? Nokia will help Microsoft access a new market/base and finally get rid of that awkward to use Symbian OS.

daPhoenix said,

When Microsoft is involved, the consumer never wins - the shareholder might.

Nothing to win from Windows 7, nothing to win from WP7, nothing to win from Office, nothing to win from XBox 360... I wonder how retarded people are because it seems these products sell a lot.

Damn the major percentage of the population, you're the one who is right.

daPhoenix said,

When Microsoft is involved, the consumer never wins - the shareholder might.

+1
Never has a truer word been spoken.

Anooxy said,

Nothing to win from Windows 7, nothing to win from WP7, nothing to win from Office, nothing to win from XBox 360... I wonder how retarded people are because it seems these products sell a lot.

Do you think the consumer benefits by Windows having a monopoly on the desktop? Do you think prices would be lower if that wasn't the case? It's a basic tenet of economics that prices will increase and service quality will degrade in a highly monopolised market. The same thing is happening with the US government sanctioned communication monopolies in the form of Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast and others. That's also why OPEC, a monopoly enforced by a cartel of oil companies, can charge almost anything it likes for oil. Or perhaps the RIAA, and the major music labels it represents, who sue those that dare to circumvent their government sanctioned monopolies (copyright). and who set prices collectively as a cartel. So no, Microsoft isn't healthy for competition, or the betterment of consumers.

Flawed said,
Do you think the consumer benefits by Windows having a monopoly on the desktop?

Do you think the average consumer even cares? A computer, phone, whatever is a tool, not a mantra, philosophy, religion, or political ideal. Why is it that anytime something "evil M{0}quot; related pops up, some people have to whip out The Book of Stallman and start quoting scripture? Do you see people weighing in the moral ramifications of buying one power drill over another? Did the Ministry of Silly Walks in Muldavia buy 50 of these chairs? Who cares, it's a tool, and people tend to go with what works best for them now and in the future.

Besides, what monopoly? I have some systems with not only the dreaded Windows, but BSD, the odd Linux distro occasionally, and one even has OSX, just because. I have several cell phones, all with different OS's on them, none of which are WP7. (Yet.. tempted to get one.) Couple game consoles, nothing MS flavored though. There's choice, and I've yet to have some Microsoft goon threaten my family if I buy something else. No monopoly.

Flawed said,

Do you think the consumer benefits by Windows having a monopoly on the desktop? Do you think prices would be lower if that wasn't the case? It's a basic tenet of economics that prices will increase and service quality will degrade in a highly monopolised market. The same thing is happening with the US government sanctioned communication monopolies in the form of Time Warner, AT&T, Comcast and others. That's also why OPEC, a monopoly enforced by a cartel of oil companies, can charge almost anything it likes for oil. Or perhaps the RIAA, and the major music labels it represents, who sue those that dare to circumvent their government sanctioned monopolies (copyright). and who set prices collectively as a cartel. So no, Microsoft isn't healthy for competition, or the betterment of consumers.

Riiight! Thats why most people though Vista was horrible (not me, thought), and now the general perception is that Windows 7 is better.

I think that Microsoft has learned a lot form past practises. While i personally dont agree with some of their doings, Microsoft, as a competitor, is good for consumers. They bring great products to the table, and actually do what their customers want, at least, most of the time. And watching the bottom line and taking care of the shareholders is what public companies do. Now, add to that having a monopoly in their business sector, while not caring for the betterment of their own consumers is something some particular fruit company will do, and they are also regarded as good for competition.

Mr.Ed

Jen Smith said,

Do you think the average consumer even cares? A computer, phone, whatever is a tool, not a mantra, philosophy, religion, or political ideal. Why is it that anytime something "evil M{0}quot; related pops up, some people have to whip out The Book of Stallman and start quoting scripture? Do you see people weighing in the moral ramifications of buying one power drill over another? Did the Ministry of Silly Walks in Muldavia buy 50 of these chairs? Who cares, it's a tool, and people tend to go with what works best for them now and in the future.

Comparing operating systems to a power drill is, quite frankly, very stupid. Yes operating systems and smartphones are a tool but a tool about 1000 times more complex than your car. A tool that you spend a large fraction of your life using. So yes, people should put a great deal of attention into which OS or smartphone they choose to use.

MS Lose32 said,
So yes, people should put a great deal of attention into which OS or smartphone they choose to use.

I never said otherwise. Read it again. The argument applies to anything from a pencil to a space shuttle. Basing that buying decision on ambiguous moral justifications or a perceived threat that just isn't there is at best, a huge waste of money, and at worst, pretty stupid.

Jen Smith said,

Do you think the average consumer even cares? A computer, phone, whatever is a tool, not a mantra, philosophy, religion, or political ideal. Why is it that anytime something "evil M{0}quot; related pops up, some people have to whip out The Book of Stallman and start quoting scripture? Do you see people weighing in the moral ramifications of buying one power drill over another? Did the Ministry of Silly Walks in Muldavia buy 50 of these chairs? Who cares, it's a tool, and people tend to go with what works best for them now and in the future.

Besides, what monopoly? I have some systems with not only the dreaded Windows, but BSD, the odd Linux distro occasionally, and one even has OSX, just because. I have several cell phones, all with different OS's on them, none of which are WP7. (Yet.. tempted to get one.) Couple game consoles, nothing MS flavored though. There's choice, and I've yet to have some Microsoft goon threaten my family if I buy something else. No monopoly.

Great reply, I couldn't have put it better myself. Good to see an intelligent reply on these forums. Bravo!