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Nokia to Microsoft: Oh, Did You Think That WP7 Deal Was for Tablets, Too?

Oh, wow, this is awkward. Yeah, Microsoft, about that deal to run Windows Phone 7 on Nokia phones? You know -- the one between two companies going absolutely nowhere in the mobile space? Well, we kind of hope that you didn't think that deal was for Nokia tablets, too. Because it's probably not, if the sources who talk to Reuters are correct in their assessment. So, yeah...apparently, pretty much nobody wants to have anything to do with you when it comes to tablets, Microsoft.

Oh, but you want to have something to do with them, don't you? Evidently, given that you've filed a patent lawsuit against Barnes & Noble and a couple of makers of Android-based tablets. It's a case of if you can't beat 'em (or even begin to compete with 'em), sue 'em, huh? You used to be on the other end of those lawsuits, Microsoft. Give that some thought. 

Posted by Lee Pender on 03/20/2011 at 1:23 PM

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Tue, Mar 22, 2011 Jimmy Los Angeles

The author here is obviously harboring a bitter attitude towards MS. I wonder if people like you actually get paid to write silly little rants like this one. Considering the fact that Nokia has no plans to make tablets capable of handling a full OS like Windows 7, and MS has said from the beginning WP7 OS will not go to tablet, this isn’t news.

Tue, Mar 22, 2011 Tom

I believe it's rather premature to say WP7 failed and I don't agree. The platform itself is fantastic, but if it does end up 'failing' it will only be due to lousy marketing NOT the OS itself. I also believe Nokia teaming up with Microsoft is actually a good thing, especially given Nokia's consistent decline. Besides, how many folks are actually developing apps for Symbian these days? Not any of my colleagues. WP7 already has apx 10,000 apps and it's only been 5 months, however the app count isn't all that impt since one can argue quality vs quantity. But what is impt is that the platform has great performance, an attractive/intuitive UI, and is VERY easy to develop for (not to mention the ability to leverage the same skills across the PC, XBOX and WP7). Regarding tablets, I'll wait and see.

Mon, Mar 21, 2011 S G

Microsoft has plainly failed in tablets. Microsoft has also failed in mobile, as Windows Phone 7 sales never picked up, causing Microsoft's share of the mobile market to shrink (yes, it's another Kin already). Nokia is also being run by incompetent management. Most companies would want to have the same interface on both tablets and phones (like iOS and Android). But because Nokia joined Microsoft's failed Windows Phone, that can never happen. It is incomprehensible how such large corporations can be so totally inept.

Mon, Mar 21, 2011

^ +1

Mon, Mar 21, 2011

"filed a patent lawsuit against Barnes & Noble and a couple of makers of Android-based tablets" - If their Android device infringes on patents and Microsoft tried for the past year to reach agreement with B&N but to no avail, then what should they do? Nothing?? Doesn't Google indemnify those who use Android code? Oh I see, so I guess its like Google not indemnifying VP8 implementers, huh? Got it.

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