Right now, as this blog post is written, the Open Mobile summit is on and Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop is speaking. He’s denying, again, that Nokia is for sale. There’s been a host of cracking comments from him. In fact, Nokia themselves have just retweeted;
“Nokia are making lots of contributions to WP7 s/w, not just h/w and Nokia leading Operator relationships”
Elop seems to have his head screwed on – despite not allowing Nokia to work with Android. That said; I think Windows Phone 7 is better than current sales suggest. For example, Microsoft has had Skydrive for a while and before Apple made their iCloud announcement WP7’s Mango update was announced.
So, why isn’t WP7 taking off? I should caveat that with some analyists predict WP7 (or WP8) will be beating iOS in just a few years. Talking to fellow native geeks, though, all I pick up are concerns about Microsoft, what’s going to happen to them and memories of Windows Mobile 6 and downwards. I was there myself. Scary.
I think time will tell as to whether Nokia and Microsoft can turn the corner together. If Nokia really is bringing more to the table than just the ability to push the next gen of WP7 phones out to corporate partners/bulk buyers then maybe they’ll start to win grass roots geek cred again. Maybe.
What do you think?