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Nokia and Microsoft Announces Mobile Partnership

In a move only few predicted, Nokia and Microsoft just announced that they are teaming up to bring the Windows Phone 7 operating system to Nokia devices. The two companies feel that each brings incredible assets to the proverbial table, hopefully allowing them to deliver “significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world.”

While specific details have not all been fleshed out, many of them are highlighted in this morning’s press release. Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as their primary smartphone operating system and bring their own flair in areas such as imaging into the mix. They will help define the future of Windows Phone by contributing expertise on everything from language support to hardware design. This will allow the two companies to bring you devices with a larger range of pricing points, along with more of the features you want to see. Both teams will work together on future development and joint marketing.

In the statement – released by Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer – they two powerhouses make some very broad predictions:

Today, the battle is moving from one of mobile devices to one of mobile ecosystems, and our strengths here are complementary.

There are other mobile ecosystems. We will disrupt them.

There will be challenges. We will overcome them.

Success requires speed. We will be swift.

We can all speculate that the two men are referring directly to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. What remains to be seen is whether or not this marriage of mobile entities will be strong enough to pull off the lofty goals they have set before them. I know that many naysayers will be busy writing stories throughout the day today, discussing how this move will never work… how it will fall far short of expectations.

I think it’s entirely possible that Microsoft and Nokia may surprise us all. They definitely have a very long road ahead of them, but I feel it would be a shame to count them out before they even hit the floor running.

What are your thoughts? Do you think this strategic partnership between the two companies could turn into something far better than we could imagine at this point in time?

Twitter for Windows Phone 7 is Ready to Roll

Twitter for Windows Phone 7 was released into the wild yesterday. The client includes all of the features that you’d expect from Twitter – your timeline, suggested users, messages, lists, and a great way to explore Twitter without even logging in. Developers feel it is one of the fastest clients available, and one you will be happy with on your mobile device.

The interface and design (named Metro) is very user friendly. “It also provides a different way to look at information on a phone’s screen through Pivots, which are sort of like pages of the app. Pivots allow you to swipe left or right to view different categories or types of information within a single application.”

Have you tried Twitter on your new Windows Phone 7 device yet?

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What Do You Think About Windows Phone 7?


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One of our sponsors during Gnomedex just happened to be the Windows Phone 7 team. Larry was on site manning the booth, showing off the device and letting people get their first hands-on look! It was announced today (finally!) that Windows Phone 7 will be released on October 11th.

Windows Phone 7 is the new mobile phone operating system from the folks at Microsoft. It has a completely different start screen, filled with what they call “Live Tiles.” These give you real-time important information, such as for weather and stock markets. You can customize your tiles to make them relevant to your life. For instance, Larry has a tile set up just for his wife. Anytime she updates one of her social networks, the tile will let him know right away. This appears to be a great way to keep track of the people you want to stay in touch with on a continual basis.

If you click on the People Hub, you will see all of the contacts in your social circle. You can click on them separately to find out what they’re up to, or choose to check out an overview from all of them.

Larry is a product manager for the Application Platform. They’re providing people the ability to create their own applications which leverage these same concepts. They’re giving devs a free copy of Visual Studio to build Windows Phone 7 apps. These apps will be the key to the succcess of the operating system.

The email and calendar service on Windows Phone 7 is being touted as the “best in class.” It’s tied in to Microsoft Exchange, which many of us (myself included!) use for business. Larry says that this phone represents a drastic change from the way Microsoft built phone systems in the past. Historically, they were focused on being a good partner and on delivering something that the OEM companies wanted to use. The problem with that is that while the people in Redmond love their various partners, it was taking too much away from the end user… from YOU.

There was zero control over what the end user was receiving. What Microsoft did was to take direct control over the user experience. The most important focus of the project was to deliver outstanding end user experience. Larry admits that Microsoft has had trouble in the past with focusing on something. Instead, they’ve been all over the map with various aspects of projects. Windows Phone 7 represents a very focused effort to bring you what it is you want in a phone.

The free developer tools are available on the Windows Phone site. If you already have Visual Studio, it will simply update your install to include the various elements you will need to develop apps for this phone. Apps are only available through the Windows Phone Marketplace, and revenue is earned in much the same way as with other phone platforms.

Have you taken a close look yet at what’s in store? What are your thoughts about Windows Phone 7 so far?

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