Microsoft and Nokia: Billion Dollar Deal?

February 15, 2011, By Christian Cawley

The recent announcement of a strategic partnership between Nokia and Microsoft was initially speculated upon following rumours of Nokia’s CEO and former Redmond man Stephen Elop’s decision to drop Symbian and make a decision about MeeGo – with both Microsoft and Android rumoured to be in with a shout of joining forces.

Microsoft and Nokia's billion dollar deal

However recent comments from Google personnel indicated that this was more of a case of Nokia admiring Microsoft more than Android.

As with all of these things, of course, there is much more to it. While the full details will probably never be known, it now seems that a certain amount of money and technology has changed hands between Nokia and Microsoft.

So was there a bidding war?

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress, Stephen Elop pretty much admitted as much, declaring that the three horse race that has been created by the partnership. Could such a race be easier to win than an industry duopoly between Android and Apple?

Whatever the case, Nokia and Microsoft both expect to benefit from the arrangement, with the Finnish mobile company sharing the technology behind their Ovi app store with Microsoft, something that could provide a massive boost to the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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