Nokia and Microsoft announce strategic partnership, my dream phone is coming

Nokia and Microsoft announce strategic partnership, my dream phone is comingMy flight from Alaska back to Washington was delayed last night due to a problem with the wing and my first thought went to the Twilight Zone episode where the monster was tearing apart the wing as they flew. I then boarded another plane, fell asleep, and eventually made it home. When I landed I saw all of the Microsoft Nokia news and thought I might really be in a Twilight Zone show or I was still dreaming, but after jumping on Twitter I realized that my ultimate smartphone dream had come true.

I just posted my initial thoughts on the Nokia – Microsoft partnership on my ZDNet site and won’t repeat everything I wrote over there. As you know I am obviously a fan of Nokia smartphones and have been for years. You might also have picked up in my writing here that I am a Windows Phone 7 fan. I am probably one of the very few people in the world that have a love of both platforms and also quite a bit of usage of both under my belt. Needless to say, I am quite ecstatic about the news and think it will result in the best of both resulting in a product that easily competes and in many respects blows away the iOS and Android competition.

There is a great post on the Nokia Conversations site where Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop provide so strong words to support this partnership, including the following:

Together, we have some of the world’s most admired brands, including Windows, Office, Bing, Xbox Live, NAVTEQ and Nokia. We also have a shared understanding of what it takes to build and sustain a mobile ecosystem, which includes the entire experience from the device to the software to the applications, services and the marketplace.

Today, the battle is moving from one of mobile devices to one of mobile ecosystems, and our strengths here are complementary. Ecosystems thrive when they reach scale, when they are fueled by energy and innovation and when they provide benefits and value to each person or company who participates. This is what we are creating; this is our vision; this is the work we are driving from this day forward.

There are other mobile ecosystems. We will disrupt them.

There will be challenges. We will overcome them.

Success requires speed. We will be swift.

Together, we see the opportunity, and we have the will, the resources and the drive to succeed.

I LOVE everything they are saying here and like the specifically stated they do indeed need to be swift and get something out this year.

I wrote the following points as I see them from a user perspective:

  • All cameras in Microsoft’s smartphones have sucked, but Nokia rules the world with Carl Zeiss optics and imaging technology that rivals high end dedicated cameras
  • Nokia has the ONLY penta-band smartphones so it doesn’t matter who your GSM carrier is you can get 3G data support (this includes T-Mobile’s special 1700 MHz band)
  • Nokia brings hardware with aluminum colored bodies, Gorilla Glass, HDMI out, USB on-the-go, amazing RF reception and call quality, long battery life, and more
  • Windows Phone 7 is amazingly fast and responsive while also being unique
  • Windows Phone 7 is rock solid stable and after using it since July 2010 I can confirm it is the MOST stable mobile operating system I have ever used
  • Windows Phone 7 gaming rocks, Zune is fantastic, multiple Exchange support is solid, Office integration is great, and developers are building apps
  • Email on Symbian blows, but on Windows Phone 7 it absolutely rocks and I prefer to use my WP7 smartphone for email handling over even my Outlook desktop client

I know that die hard Nokia fans will likely react negatively to such a deal with Microsoft, but is that due to some kind of unfounded hatred for the Microsoft name? If you try Windows Phone 7 then you may change your mind. I know that Microsoft has stumbled in the past, as has Nokia. However, there are brilliant people at both companies and the potential for amazing success is there and can be realized through this partnership.

Is anyone else excited about this partnership like I am? Stay tuned for MUCH more of my writing here as I will have a platform that I am very excited about along with hardware that I love. We’ll see how it works out with WPCentral, but since there will still be other Windows Phone 7 makers and Nokia will still make non-WP7 devices we might see both sites remain as they are too.


56 Comments to Nokia and Microsoft announce strategic partnership, my dream phone is coming

February 16, 2011

Will the N8 possibly see the Microsoft OS as an upgrade or will Nokia and Microsoft build a new phone from the ground up? This looks promising; this coming from an old Nokia user turned Android fan :)

February 18, 2011

There are a lot of comments that sound like “the sky is falling!” Let’s wait and see the products first before we declare them a failure.

February 19, 2011

The comments are hilarious here, mind you its the typical narrow minded “ms is evil! They have lots of money they add nothing and just buy! They are tyrants! Blah blah blah”

Do you people even listen to yourself? Lol follow the leader internet sheep… Hate on the top/popular.

I own an iPhone 4, an Android and work for BlackBerry and I can honestly say my wp7 is the best modern device I ever owned, yeah it is missing some features that are mind blowing that it doesnt have BUT they are coming and if you haven’t used a wp7 device you really dont know what others are talking about.

owned a ton of nokias phones back and the day and it was odd to see someone without a Nokia or motorola… I for one am exciting Nokia will be relevant again

February 21, 2011

Nokia phone overall experience is not good compare to Iphones & Android. I hope Nokia with WP7 or WP8 would change that. But in the other hand microsoft has a tendency to do things according to they own agenda.. i m not very convince with the microsoft part there.

February 26, 2011

Thanks! Forgot to check back. I will see if I can find a cheap Focus around here in NOVA so I can start getting used to it. And maybe just maybe we will get the n9 with wp7 on it by the end of the year. Hate the merger but just like I will always be a Redskin and Wizards fan, I will always be a Nokia fan no matter what.

July 17, 2011

i think that nokia should do atleast one Win7 phone and one Android Phone :D.. but stick whit Linux. make a new version of the n900!

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