Last week Nokia announced a partnership with Microsoft, and they announced that Nokia would be producing Windows Phone 7 devices. Nokia said on Friday that the reason they chose Windows Phone 7 over Google’s Android OS is that it would have ‘felt like giving up’.
But now it seems there may be another reason that Nokia chose Windows Phone 7 over Android, money, it seems that Microsoft will pay Nokia billions as part of the deal.
He referred to a slide that Nokia displayed last week that showed marketing and other investments flowing from Microsoft to Nokia as part of the deal. While speculation has had that number in the millions or tens of millions, it’s more than that, he said. “In fact the value transferred to Nokia is measured in Bs not Ms,” he said.
Nokia and Microsoft’s deal is great news for Windows Phone 7, and will give the platform a serious footing in the smartphone market as Nokia are one of the largest mobile phone makers in the world and they still sell more mobile phones than any other manufacturer.
Whether the deal is as good for Nokia as well as Microsoft still remains to be seen, it will definitely keep Nokia’s shareholders happy, but what about their customers?
Computer World via Gizmodo