Rumors of a Nokia Windows Phone 7 partnership have been floating around since day 1, but today, things have been made official. And it's bigger than just a phone.
The alliance pulls Windows Pohne 7 as Nokia's primary platform, but also involves other services such as Bing, Xbox Live, and Office. Under the new deal, Microsoft lists the following:
Nokia would adopt Windows Phone as its principal smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
Nokia would help drive the future of Windows Phone. Nokia would contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.
Nokia and Microsoft would closely collaborate on joint marketing initiatives and a shared development roadmap to align on the future evolution of mobile products.
Bing would power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services, giving customers access to Bing’s next generation search capabilities. Microsoft adCenter would provide search advertising services on Nokia’s line of devices and services.
Not only does this mean that we'll see Nokia-made Windows Phone 7s, but it also means all of Nokia's expertise will be shared and built into the platform.
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