Nokia Says Goodbye to Symbian, Welcomes Microsoft Windows Phone 7

Nokia and Microsoft made a joint conference today that shocked the world.  Nokia will be adopting on Microsoft Windows Phone 7 platform from today. Symbian will lead a slow death, based on the chart.

Here is the video of the Press Conference held in London.

So, what does that means? Based on the Open Letter from CEO Stephen Elop, Nokia and CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, these is the summary: –

  • Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
  • Nokia will help drive and define the future of Windows Phone. Nokia will contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
  • Nokia and Microsoft will closely collaborate on development, joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
  • Bing will power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter will provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
  • Nokia Maps will be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience.
  • Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements will make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.
  • Microsoft development tools will be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to easily leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
  • Microsoft will continue to invest in the development of Windows Phone and cloud services so customers can do more with their phone, across their work and personal lives.
  • Nokia’s content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace for a more compelling consumer experience.
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Many questions are on the roadmap of Symbian and MeeGo. Based on the slides presented by Nokia and Microsoft, you can see that Symbian will lead a slow death.

As for MeeGo, this is the direction from Nokia.

Under the new strategy, MeeGo becomes an open-source, mobile operating system project. MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.

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Nokia and Microsoft partnership has been quoted as the Third Ecosystem.

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So, lets welcome Microsoft to Nokia. I know many people will be unhappy. Jobs will be lost and hate clubs will form. However, I think Nokia bold move is a necessity for its survival.

What is you opinion on this?