Microsoft to allow Nokia to customize Windows Phone OS

Microsoft to allow Nokia to customize Windows Phone OS

Summary: It seems that as part of the partnership, Nokia has struck a deal with Microsoft to allow for customization of the Windows Phone OS.

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It seems that as part of the partnership, Nokia has struck a deal with Microsoft to allow for customization of the Windows Phone OS.

Pocket-Lint have the transcript of the briefing by CEO Stephen Elop. Here's the meaty part:

“We have the ability to do customisations and extensions to the software environment that are unique and therefore differentiate. It’s very important to understand this is not a standard OEM agreement. Microsoft is placing a big bet on us."

Earlier Elop had said Nokia had a "unique relationship" with Microsoft and that the deal was "not your mother's OEM deal with Microsoft." This hints at a very uneven playing field amongst the WP handset OEMs and it'll be interesting to see if if some of the other players express dissatisfaction.

Topics: Microsoft, Mobility, Nokia, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • RE: Microsoft to allow Nokia to customize Windows Phone OS

    The question is why would they want to customize and change the interface? Microsoft spent a lot of R&D making that and right now its one of the best interfaces available. Hopefully Nokia won't tweak it too much.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Microsoft to allow Nokia to customize Windows Phone OS

      @Loverock Davidson <br><br>Let's just hope Nokia is smart enough to close that telnet port MS leaves wide open.

      Oh, wait. Nokia lost 14 percent of its value today. So far.

      That's it. I'm staying away from it.






      :)
      none none
      • Great time to buy then before it goes up

        but then I wonder if Qualcomm will be supplying Nokia with Snapdragron chips as part of the deal? Could be time to pick up some more Qualcomm stick?
        John Zern
    • Nokia will tamper with the UI, **and** cellular providers, too

      @Loverock Davidson: it is going to a mess.
      DDERSSS
    • RE: Microsoft to allow Nokia to customize Windows Phone OS

      @Loverock Davidson I'd say Nokia doesn't consider WP7 to be Finnished yet! ;)
      bmgoodman
    • RE: Microsoft to allow Nokia to customize Windows Phone OS

      @Loverock Davidson

      To differentiate from the competition. Nokia are now MS's preferred OEM for smart phones. Nokia provide input to the development of WP7 so it will inherently be slightly biased towards Nokia hardware over other manufacturers, in return for the help Nokia get to add a few tweaks to avoid getting trapped in a race to the bottom against HTC et al. Seems like a win-win to me.
      OffsideInVancouver
  • What makes you think it's uneven? Those oems can probably make the same

    deal if they bring as much to the table as nokia did.
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Microsoft to allow Nokia to customize Windows Phone OS

    I really don't care if OEMS are allowed to customize WM7, so long as Microsoft mandates that the end-user have the ability to turn off customizations to revert to the "stock" user interface and that updates to WM7 come directly from Microsoft and not have to go through the OEM (e.g. Nokia) or carriers before release (a la iOS) as shown here: <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/20/leaked-slides-show-windows-phone-7s-update-strategy-windows-li/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/20/leaked-slides-show-windows-phone-7s-update-strategy-windows-li/</a>
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