Just another piece of the MS puzzle ...
Just another piece in a bigger picture playing out with the 'ailing' MS at the centre?
- Next Windows will run on ARM as announced and demo'ed
- Ties in with Nokia dumping Intel and Meego for MS
- Ties in with Nokia/MS being reluctant to indicate *which* version of WinPhone will be on the first Nokia device
- Dell date ties in with the 2012 timeframe hints from MS/Nokia for the first real joint device
- helps make sense of MS's laclustre development of WinPhone since initially released (6 months to announce a few new features)
Personally, I think that when you put all this together, a lot of questions are answered:
- MS Windows 8 will be a single OS for desktop, tablet and phone form factors
- The 'skin' may differ and WinPhone 7 may be the 'skin' without the eventual insides currently
- This would help explain the apparent lack of concern MS has about the missing features in WP7 ... they will all be in Windows 8 underneath
- This makes sense of the Nokia / Windows tie up:
MS recognises that it dominates the desktop and laptop market, but has no offering in the mobile market: Its core strength for cornering the mobile market is a seamless experience across all devices - full compatibility. True write once, run everywhere albeit with a different UI.
In Nokia, they have the dominant handest manufacturer in the world as the route to market. Yes, in the smartphone segment, for every Blackberry (RIM #2) sold Q4 2010, TWO Nokias were sold and likewise for Apple (#3) (Would never have guessed so from all the press noise?). And that is not even thinking of Nokias reach into the mid and lower end markets which they dominate even more.
So at the other end of the spectrum, you have Nokia recognising their biggest asset is their user base of which a massive majority have not even converted to smartphones yet - but Nokia have nothing to tempt them up the value chain. A seamless windows experience on their new smartphone that integartes with their PC makes it far more tempting to stay with Nokia and an all MS world?
--> So I think I see where the MS and Nokia strategy are heading? Flame away :-)