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Monday, September 12, 2011

Apple Comes Out #1 in Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Adan Galvan in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:00 AM

Apple has once again been named number one by JD Power and Associates for customer satisfaction. HTC and Samsung also scored high on list. On the other end of the spectrum, Nokia, RIMM, and Palm ranked near the bottom of the pack. This is not surprising for Nokia, since have very few phones available in the US. It remains to be seen whether Nokia's partnership with Microsoft will improve their rankings, but at this point it can only help.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Microsoft And Nokia Stock Up On Google Play On Motorola?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 06:30 PM

"While the long term impact of Google's acquisition of Motorola (Googarola?) is still anyone's guess, one short term effect appears be to Microsoft and Nokia's benefit. Microsoft's stock rose 1.63% (up .41 points) and Nokia's stock rose 17.35% (up .93 points) in today's trading activity."

On Monday Microsoft and Nokia made some stock price gains (they fell back slightly today). Whether these gains can be attributed to the Google announcement about their play for Motorola's mobile division is anyone's guess, but it is fun to speculate about the future impact of this development. Wpcentral had some fun with the speculation, as can be viewed by clicking the Read link.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WP7: The Path To Success

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:30 PM

"Microsoft doesn't tend to invest time and capital into market segments it can't dominate, which makes one wonder how it is still a distant fifth in the worldwide smartphone market...However, IDC predicts that once the next version of Windows Phone 7 arrives in products later this year, Microsoft will be on firmer footing...Here are four reasons why Microsoft will be a major smartphone player in a few years.

And three reasons it won't."

Jeff Vance has written a thoughtful article that summarises what he thinks will make Windows Phone 7 a success - and a few major hurdles along the way. Some of the good points aren't turning out so well (the Nokia-Microsoft partnership has been awfully quiet), but he makes a good point about cloud services. It's a long article, but worth the read.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Is Nokia Outing Its First WP7 Device On August 17th?

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:30 PM

"This is very exciting news (if you're like me where you simply can't wait to have a potential uni-body Windows Phone handset) surrounding Gamescon, which is to be held at Cologne, Germany this month. It seems Nokia has some exciting news with actions and surprises that will make the 17th of August an evening to remember."

There are lots of people anticipating the release of the first WP7 device from Nokia, and it looks like we might actually have a date to focus on. It seems that date might be August 17th, just two weeks away. The purported evidence for this is hinted at by the raffle notice in the bottom left-hand corner of the announcement. We'll know for sure in a fortnight, but I bet the speculation will heighten now as things seem to be starting to happen for the new Microsoft-Nokia partnership.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

SeaRay is Nokia's New Windows Phone 7 Device: 21 Minutes of Video

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:46 PM

I feel somewhat conflicted about sharing this because the person from filming it directly ignored Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop's request that no one take photos or record videos of what was shown. It's done though, and it's up there being shared, so the genie can't be put back in the bottle. I'm watching it now and very little was shown or said about the hardware - dubbed SeaRay - in the first seven minutes. It looks like most of the video is a walk-through of Windows Phone 7 with Mango.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

WP7 To Beat Android...Really?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 09:00 PM

"Pyramid Research's Senior Analyst and Practice Leader for Mobile Devices, Stela Bokun, has compiled the firm's latest Smartphone Forecast, which reveals some interesting predictions...Despite the fact that Android will be the mobile OS at the center of surge, Bokun reports that Windows Phone will actually continue to gain marketshare, until it finally replaces Android at the top in 2015."

That's a pretty optimistic forecast. Even assuming Apple and Google stand still, it's a tough call to make especially given WP7's current momentum. Speaking as someone with some experience of statistical forecasting, the error rate that far out will be pretty big. On the other hand, I really respect someone who has the guts to put their opinions out there, especially one that goes against the grain.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Nokia Cuts 12% Of Workforce In Preparation For WP7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:30 AM

"Nokia, the world's leading cellphone maker, said Wednesday that it would eliminate about 7,000 jobs as part of a cost-cutting program that was deeper than expected. The 12 percent reduction in the Finnish company's global work force will help trim operating costs by €1 billion, or $1.47 billion, a 17 percent reduction, by the end of 2012. Analysts had expected that 5,000 to 6,000 jobs would be cut."

By now you've undoubtedly heard a fair bit about the Microsoft-Nokia agreement regarding future smartphones that Nokia will offer based on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft executive who became Nokia's chief executive in September, has made reference to impending staff cuts and reorganization in the past. We now know that the cuts were a little deeper than some would have expected. In fact, a 12% staff cut is pretty significant. Nokia said the reductions would be achieved by eliminating 4,000 jobs, mostly in Britain, Denmark and Finland. In addition, 3,000 employees responsible for its Symbian operating system will be transferred to Accenture, a global technology consulting organization. While these cuts have been announced, there are still negotiations to be conducted with the labor union representing employees. For more details, click on the Read link to take you to the reference New York Times article.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Microsoft-Nokia Finalize Agreement

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 04:00 PM

"Many of you may have already seen the news announced earlier this morning, Nokia and Microsoft signed the definitive agreement for a strategic partnership between the two companies."

Yesterday Microsoft and Nokia finally completed ten weeks of negotiations, culminating in the signing of a definitive agreement for their strategic partnership. Their goal: to build a unique, global, ecosystem for mobile devices and software that is differentiated from all others. The joint team members are already working toward a multi-year product roadmap and are on-schedule to deliver volume shipments in 2012, although the companies report that delivery in 2011 has not been ruled out. In their joint blog post they specifically reach out to developers, who are, of course, essential for any potential success the ecosystem will garner. They also make specific mention of consumer experiences in the app categories of mapping, search, gaming, social media, advertising and productivity, and emphasize their increased focus on mobile business and productivity scenarios that build on Microsoft's cloud services, new features for Symbian, and new capabilities for Windows Phone devices. The two companies mention that reaching this agreement occurred ahead of schedule. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come, because time is of the essence and other ecosystems are growing quickly.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Nokia and Microsoft: Clock's Ticking

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:00 AM

"The latest numbers from research firm comScore show that Microsoft's [...] Windows Phone launch late last year in the U.S. market was largely a non-event. This raises the obvious question: Does Nokia [...] know about this? And is the company concerned?"

I don't think there's any question that doubts over the long term success of Windows Phone 7 are building. Even with Nokia on board, Microsoft has made its share of missteps over WP7 and there's a risk they'll lose so much momentum that it will be impossible to raise the platform's profile no matter how much money they throw at it. For the record, I like WP7 - but the glacial pace of updates and the non-existent roll-out of Marketplace beyond the initial launch countries is getting me down. Will the global reach of Nokia help? Maybe if they move fast enough, but that's a big maybe. This is too much like a marriage of desperation between the two, and both risk slipping into irrelevancy in the smartphone space.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Patience May Be All That Is Needed For Strong Market Positioning For Windows Phone 7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 07:00 PM

"Make way, however, for Windows Phone. Yes, Windows Phone. Despite Microsoft's multiple, abject failures with mobile phones since 2002, many software developers and industry watchers expect Microsoft to become the second-largest smartphone player worldwide."

Predictions in the smartphone world are risky business at the best of times, so you may want to take this New York Times article with a fair bit of trepidation. But, it does seem plausible when you read their logic. Their analysis is that at year-end Android will have a 39.5 percent share of smartphones worldwide (based on projections from IDC). Symbian (from Nokia) would be second, at 20.9 percent, while Apple's iOS, would be third, at 15.7. Windows Phone 7 and its predecessor, Windows Mobile, would be at 5.5 percent. They believe this will change dramatically as Nokia switches from Symbian to the Windows Phone 7 platform. Their projections are that by 2015 Android will hold slightly over 45 percent of the market, while Windows Phone 7 will occupy second place, at 20.9 percent. Third will be Apple's iOS, which is projected to stay near 15 percent. BlackBerry, then as now, would be No. 4 at slightly less than 14 percent.

So, what do you think? Can this possibly happen?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

IDC Predicts Windows Phone Will Be Number Two Smartphone OS by 2015

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 PM

"Android will take the top spot for smartphone OS worldwide in 2011, analysts IDC have predicted, pushing iOS into third place behind Symbian. As for Microsoft, while the Symbian-faithful aren't entirely convinced by Nokia's decision to climb aboard the Windows Phone train, IDC is more confident in the two companies' partnership. "By 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android," senior research analyst Ramon Llamas predicts."

This is a pretty bold prediction. It has been the topic of much debate since this article was released. With Symbian phasing out of the picture as Nokia embraces Windows Phone as their OS of choice, there's bound to be a new number two. Will all Symbian users shift over to Windows Phone to stay with Nokia? Will some of them move to Android or iOS? I personally think we'll see a good mix of users jumping from one platform to another over the next few years until they find the one that suits them best. Each OS provides unique experiences that may appeal to some, but not to others. It will definitely be an interesting few years, especially once Nokia starts flooding the market with Windows Phone. What do you think will happen?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nokia's Symbian and T-Mobile to Launch New Smartphone, Awkward Times

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 AM

"So, perhaps it is only fitting that the two parties gathered in Orlando for what has to be one of the more awkward press conferences I've attended in a decade and a half of covering tech. Drawing reporters to the Crave family restaurant on the outskirts of a suburban mall, the Finnish cell phone maker announced plans with T-Mobile to start selling the Astound, a rebranded version of the company's Symbian-based C7 smartphone."

The make quite a pair, don't they? This must have been a very uncomfortable press conference, knowing that the dying Symbian and the soon to be reallocated T-Mobile spectrum would have almost no chance at success. But they seem pretty confident that users will enjoy one final stint of Symbain and T-Mobile. Of course there is much to be seen still with T-Mobile's future. The FCC may kill the AT&T deal. And maybe Nokia can make Symbian co-exist with their Microsoft plans. Who knows, but in light of recent events, it makes you wonder how they can justify the release of this phone.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Microsoft to Purchase Nokia? No Good Reason According to Nokia CEO Elop

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:30 PM

"Work has begun on the first Nokia smartphones based on Microsoft software following the partnership announced by the companies last month, Nokia Chief Executive Stephen Elop told Reuters. Elop was recruited last year to rescue Nokia from increasing irrelevance at the high end of the market, and is under huge pressure to produce results from the partnership. Elop, who left a Microsoft executive post to join Nokia last September, also said he could see no good reason for the speculation that Microsoft might try to buy Nokia."

Elop went on to state that the partnership between the companies already gives Microsoft all it needs from Nokia. And if Microsoft purchased Nokia, they would open themselves up to unwanted anti-trust investigations, without an added benefit to make it worth the trouble.

He also went on to state that because of the partnership, Nokia is already able to start work on Windows Phone devices. While if there was an acquisition, such a swift start would not be possible.

The Mobile Wallet: NFC Tech Coming To WP7?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 AM

"Near Field Communication (NFC), in our opinion, will be the big story of late 2011 as it finally becomes widely adopted in the marketplace. NFC is basically a small chipset component that can store vital information e.g. credit card data, making your phone a virtual payment system for use in stores--you simply swipe your phone near the reader, enter your pin and you're good to go."

Let's be honest here - this isn't exactly new technology, NFC is already in commercial use in Japan for instance. But like any promising tech, you've got to have a lot of things in place before you have mass acceptance like hardware, software, industry standards, and most of all, killer applications. But it looks like WP7 is already on the NFC bandwagon, with at least one WP7 OEM looking into it and Nokia already committed for their regular lineup (and hopefully for their WP7 phones as well). So that's one part of the equation that's holding up. Now, about the rest...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Not So Fast - Nokia Predicts Lengthy Transition to WP7

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 11:00 AM


"Nokia today provided more colour on its high-profile deal with Microsoft, claiming that it will take until 2013 for Windows Phone-powered devices to make up the majority of its smartphone portfolio. In its Form 20-F 2010 report, filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission this morning, Nokia stated that "we expect the transition to Windows Phone as our primary smartphone platform to take about two years." It added that while Microsoft will continue to license Windows Phones to its rivals, Nokia expects the deal to enable "opportunities to innovate and customise on the Windows Phone platform, such as in imaging... with a view to differentiating Nokia smartphones from those of our competitors who also use the Windows Phone platform.""

While the industry has been abuzz about the Microsoft-Nokia deal, it seems like it will take some time for things to settle into a steady state. Mobile Business Briefing is reporting that it could take until 2013 until the Microsoft platform makes up the majority of the Nokia smartphone offerings. Nokia is reportedly planning to continue development and deployment of their Symbian phones during this period and plans to release a MeeGo-based device as well.

Interestingly, this shouldn't really be that big a surprise. It is near impossible to make a shift of this kind in a short period of time. There is an installed base of Symbian phones and users that needs to be attended to, and the sheer effort required to manufacture devices on a new platform takes time. It seems Nokia has a reasonable plan that goes some way to protect existing consumers and their investments, and allows them to transition with less disruption than might otherwise occur.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

$1 Billion Dollars, a Bargain?

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 12:00 PM

"Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT - News) won a huge new partnership with Nokia (NYSE:NOK - News) that could light a fire under its mobile division, but it will come at a price: over $1 billion. The five-year agreement between the two companies—which somehow still hasn’t been signed—will see over $1 billion transferred from Microsoft to Nokia to encourage the production of Windows Phone 7 handsets, although it’s not all one-sided: Nokia will pay a licensing fee per handset to Microsoft that could eventually make the deal profitable for Microsoft, according to a report from Bloomberg. Still, the payments will start before the first Nokia Windows Phone 7 handsets arrive, which means that they’ll have to sell in decent volume for Microsoft to eventually see a payout."

While this may seem like a lot of money, it is equivalent to only 5 percent of the profits Microsoft made last year.

So, what is Microsoft really buying for the $1 billion? It isn't only Nokia's love, support, and marketing that they'll be getting, but also rights to Nokia's huge library of patents. Nokia has been in the handset game for a while, and they have quite a few innovations themselves. And now MS will have access to them without having to worry about possible lawsuits from Nokia. Something Apple wasn't as lucky with.

Check out the link for the full scoop.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Microsoft-Nokia Partnership - Ten Days In

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 08:00 AM

Well, it was pretty much ten days ago that we heard the first detailed information about a new relationship between Microsoft and Nokia. It certainly turned into a week or so of intrigue. Let's look back at some of the major events that occurred following the announcement.

11-Feb: Microsoft and Nokia announce a strategic partnership in which Windows Phone will become Nokia's principal smartphone platform. Nokia also reveals that they will be able to fully customize the Windows Phone 7 experience, should they so desire. Stephen Elop, the new Nokia CEO, also reveals that there will be substantial reductions in employment within the company.

12-Feb: 15-year Microsoft sales and marketing veteran Chris Weber replaces Nokia USA president Mark Louison effective immediately.

13-Feb: While on stage at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Elop announces that their first priority is beating Android. They also mention that we will likely see Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices in 2011, with volume shipments in 2012. Reports also surface that Microsoft paid "billions' of dollars for the right to supply Nokia with software. Read more...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Microsoft-Nokia Announcement Spurs Windows Phone 7 App Development

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:02 AM

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According to an article found in Businessweek, Flurry Inc. has indicated that interest in WP7 app development has increased significantly since Microsoft announced their partnership with hardware giant Nokia.

In fact, when it comes to new projects, WP is now ranked as 3rd behind Apple and iOS.

"New projects for Windows Phone passed Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry and now rank third behind new apps for Apple Inc.’s iOS and Google Inc.’s Android, Flurry said. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, which agreed last week to have its Windows Phone software power Nokia handsets, is working to turn around market-share losses to Apple and Google. A wide variety of applications is critical to attracting mobile-phone users"

While the overall percentage of new projects is still only at 4% (up from 1%), this is definitely a move in the right direction. Nokia has a large international appeal. With their commitment to Windows Phone, developers are likely seeing the potential for their applications and games to reach millions, if not billions, of people around the world.

Developing apps for Windows Phone may have suddenly went from a labor of love, to a real practical business strategy for maximizing profits. It's amazing how much could change so quickly isn't it?

How do you feel about the growth? Talk about it in the forums!

Second Look Analysis of the Microsoft-Nokia Alliance

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone News" @ 08:00 AM

"Now, stepping through a second take on this announcement, I'd like to offer up some thoughts about what this means, and how I think this will impact Windows Phone going forward."

Paul Thurrott has written a very insightful and well thought out analysis of the Microsoft-Nokia Strategic Alliance and concluded by stating, "Windows Phone is the most innovative smart phone platform on earth. Hopefully adding Nokia to the mix will only make it better. My guess is that it will."

I agree with Paul that Windows Phone is the most innovative smart phone platform on earth and adding Nokia to the mix could potentially make the platform better, my biggest concern is the whole fragmentation issue. Paul mentions the fragmentation between WP7 devices in its current state as a luxury device and potential future entry market devices by Nokia. But, the fragmentation I'm mainly worried about has to do with the fact Microsoft's initial strategy with Windows Phone 7 was the baseline OS would be controlled by Microsoft itself and customizations were limited to added on apps and/or hubs. Thereby allowing OS updates to be pushed to each and every Windows Phone at the same time. A strategy that has been hugely successful for iOS as it avoids the fragmentation problem that currently plagues Android OS.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Engadget Interviews Nokia CEO Stephen Elop

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:49 PM

"We had a chance to sit down for a few minutes with the man who's arguably stolen the show here at Mobile World Congress this year -- Nokia CEO Stephen Elop -- to talk about everything from his time at Microsoft to the potential for a multi-billion dollar platform partnership with his former employer that he's hoping to foster over the coming years."

A worthwhile ten minute video: Elop explains more about the partnership between Nokia and Microsoft, clarifies that Microsoft isn't paying Nokia billions of dollars to use Windows Phone 7, and stresses again that Nokia sees tremendous opportunity to put Windows Phone 7 into new price segments based on driving down the cost through volume. He also states that while he'd love to see a Nokia Windows Phone 7 released in 2011, it's too soon to tell; while Microsoft and Nokia engineers have been working together for months now, they won't know how quickly they can bring a phone to market for one or two months.

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