Will Nokia Jump Aboard the Windows Phone 7 Train?

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Nokia's stated time and time again that it won't partake in what they call "pants-peeing" with Android, but what about Windows Phone 7? It's obvious something drastic needs to change, and we're doubtful MeeGo is the answer.

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VentureBeat claims to have heard from a "trusted source" that Nokia is "now likely" to develop for Windows Phone 7, which wouldn't be all that surprising considering their new CEO Stephen Elop has come straight from Microsoft—albeit, from their Office division.

Recently we asked our readers why they owned Nokia phones, and the overwhelming answer was that the hardware was just too reliable to put down. Reasons given to us included long battery life; the rugged durability which has seen many phones dropped but remain unblemished, and of course the superior call quality. Believe it or not, but some people don't want to tweet or Facebook from their phones.

Given all this, could Nokia create hardware for Windows Phone 7? Of course they could. But when they're staunchly supporting MeeGo (and up to a point, Symbian), would they invest in a rival company's OS? Elop might have been embedded in the Microsoft world for almost three years, but quite often—as I'm sure many of you have felt yourselves—when you leave a company you would be more than happy to see it crumble after you. Let's hope he has more business smarts than that. [VentureBeat]

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UPDATE: A Nokia representative got in touch to reiterate that "our line on this one is really clear; our platforms are Series 40, Symbian and MeeGo. That stance was reinforced strongly by our management during Nokia World, and we currently have no plans to use other operating systems."

DISCUSSION

OgilvyTheAstronomer

For Nokia, Windows Phone 7 is exactly the same as Android, except that they have to pay for it. They would still be putting their phone's software (or in other words, their own future) in someone else's hands.

Admittedly, they would be competing with a smaller pool of WP7 manufacturers, but still - cmpared to the quick commercial suicide that going Android would be, going WP7 would be slower but more painful.

Nokia should stick to their guns, learn quickly that software is not an afterthought, and grow MeeGo into something actually worth using (and just as importantly, worth developing for). And if they are going to drive off a cliff, at least it should be them at the steering wheel, and not Google or Microsoft.