The news everyone has been waiting for has finally come out: Nokia (NYSE: NOK) has done a deal with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), where Windows Phone will become the primary operating system for Nokia’s smartphones. The deal will bring brands like Bing and Xbox to Nokia devices.
The news was first announced on Nokia’s blog, in a post co-bylined by Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer, and lays out the details of a “broad strategic partnership”.
Lots of questions that are not answered yet: Microsoft’s Marketplace will be the new app store on the devices, but does that mean Ovi will disappear altogether? What happens to Symbian and MeeGo, Nokia’s existing platforms? And what happens to Microsoft’s other partnerships for devices, such as those with Samsung, HTC and Dell?
The details direct from the blog:
• 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.
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