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Nokia Has a Billion Reasons To Love WP7 318

theodp writes "A report from Bloomberg notes it ain't easy, or cheap, to outbid Google. Microsoft has reportedly agreed to pay Nokia more than $1 billion to 'promote and develop' Windows Phone devices under the agreement between the companies. Bloomberg says the agreement for the payment was 'part of a campaign by Microsoft to keep Nokia from choosing Google's Android operating system.'"
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Nokia Has a Billion Reasons To Love WP7

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  • by digitalchinky ( 650880 ) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @09:24AM (#35417818)

    Right you are good sir. Having used Maemo for the last year I only recently took a look at Android - naturally my opinion is subjective, but it struck me as being a much more tedious experience, inferior in many ways. This is not to say it's bad, maemo just felt more intuitive and easier to use.

    I haven't seen WP7 though I gather from the responses to the parent that it's not so great.

  • by operator_error ( 1363139 ) on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @09:49AM (#35418024)

    Jukka Eklund at Nokia writes to the Meego Dev list []: "I am thrilled to announce a little thing we started at Nokia. Basically we want to have MeeGo running in N900 device, so that it's really usable as your daily development device. Basic Handset UX should work, phone calls, SMS, web browsing. So we are concentrating on a few selected features and polish those to be "perfect". It might mean that we leave out some things in MeeGo 1.2 trunk for this edition, but that is not the default intention.

    We are doing this fully on the open, and I hope this is an interesting project where we all in the community work towards the same goal: have a great MeeGo edition in the N900. This work is naturally based on the great work done already by N900 adaptation team lead by Harri and Carsten.

    The wiki is up here: []. It will populated with more information as we go, thanks for the patience.

    Developer Edition product manager" ...Also folks, be sure to stay tuned for the new Nokia N950 meant only as a (likely) unsubsidized Developer's hardware refresh of the N900. Only rumor has it that it will not arrive with a slide-out keyboard. How important is having a N900-style keyboard to you, along with the new Meego Love Nokia software continues to offer?"

    [note this was posted as an article Saturday [] and wasn't accepted as newsworthy by Slashdot. I cannot imagine why not.]

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @10:25AM (#35418404)

    You havent done your research. Windows Phone 7 doesnt allow native apps yet - they all run on Silverlight and I don't think any C++ at all

    As far as I know this deal has to do with WP7, not Windows itself

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 08, 2011 @12:46PM (#35420086)

    Oh for pity's sake.

    One $GIANT_CORPORATION giving another $GIANT_CORPORATION money to adopt their products is perfectly legal, completely ethical, and widely done. It might be foolish (for either party), it might be good or bad business, etc., but it is not remotely the same as handing someone over to be crucified.

    Keep some perspective.

Receiving a million dollars tax free will make you feel better than being flat broke and having a stomach ache. -- Dolph Sharp, "I'm O.K., You're Not So Hot"