There are several articles about it:
I should have included at least one, but I was in a hurry at the time.
Honestly, there is a part of me that is surprised by this kind of intellectual theft.
hm. Nokia expected to choose wince 7.0 for its phone brands, as rumors tell.
Probably not really a Microsoft problem, but what the hell...
Their latest Visual Studio was inspired by Vista, in that it seeks to help you calm down more, to relax into the programming experience by seizing itself up while its 'IntelliSense' assumes all control over the IDE.
The 'cancel' button is merely aesthetic, and was put there to make you feel better.
so now its official.
we'll see if fail x fail equals win...
at least has nokia some navigation stuff to bring into the mariage which is clearly missing on the m$ site.
Nokia is being compared to SGI, which did an almost identical deal a decade or more ago: hire a Microsoft alum to put in charge of the company, abandon the crown jewels to switch to Windows, and subsequently become a shell of a company. (As one commenter put it: these are people who can't think outside the box because they *are* the box.)
Pretty much the only observer who thinks this is a good deal is Miguel de Icaza. That, by itself, should say more than enough.
for de icaza its more c-carpet capable devices out there.
I agree about the ex-microsoft managers: big mistake.
but if you have a look at the history of nokia... comodore and others also come to mind:
end of the 90'ies they made lots of handsets. but figured in time that their current aproach wouldn't fit for smartphones, so they bought a failing maker of handhelds:
These devices would run for weeks, had pens (and handwriting recognition) better than palm these days.
They took their OS, and made it symbian, to be run on their smartphones on top of their own (old) os, which still today runs the baseband processors in some cases.
smart move, symbian was much better than windows ce at any time.
They also jumped the j2me bandwagon of sun, especialy for the series 40 devices.
So it took some years, they figured that it was pretty hard to develop symbian apps, and most developers would start doing wince apps.
They made a rather smart move, created a tiny tablet appliance (yes way back in 2006) which was running a pocket gtk or such...and handed it out to the nerds to start developing for it.
These gtk guys ate it, they weren't able to stabilize the platform, interest vanished, something had to be done.
So they bought trolltech.Made it a little easier, but not as easy as the other devices, plus its c++ instead of c, so they would spoil everyone left doing gtk apps.
meanwhile they had licensed symbian to other entities (samsung, sony ericson, siemens...) but the platform started to fragment, which made developing apps for them harder. So they tried to get back in charge with the symbian foundation (4 to 6 years to late imho) which was done slooouuwww (took over a year to complete) they weren't able to unfork, but instead android showed up, Samsung entirely dropped symbian support (even closed down development resources and so on) They did some own apps, managed to get navigation working (did they purchase again here?) tried some obscure pay model for the navi, which failed on them, made it for free so they could compete in features with androids.
now, they're dropping out of symbian by themselves. Turning down any developer that is around by taking c++ away from them and offering them c-carpet.
Microsoft otoh is also doing a risky game here. Suddenly HTC, who they made create a vista fon by harassing their android fones with some legal actions, HTC being _the_ experts enabling them to bring wince to the phone... and others like LG who did some loneley phone... and *BAM* suddenly they're just junior partners in comparison to nokia.
Since their mapblast and other stuff failed on wince (and they played bad with tomtom a while ago...) They're doing non-navi enabled phones which noone wants... And now, they think they might be able to utilize nokias mapping service... we'll see whether they're able to create a descent version of that in c-carpet... don't think so.
All in all I think we've got a good chance that its all going to blow up into their faces. I'm praying for it.
We'll se whether KDE has to fork QT now...
"i'm no microsof Trojan"
Thankfully, I use Linux.
If I do that on Windows, Windows assumes that I'm handicapped and starts trying to turn on "I have no fingers" mode.
me too, unfortunately i use WinXP at work... so i have to resort to tapping on the desk making a banging/clicking sound instead of the melodeous sound of a well worn shift key.
don't know y, but sometimes the wintendo I have to run outlook on turns on the naranator...
If I do that on Windows, Windows assumes that I'm handicapped and
starts trying to turn on "I have no fingers" mode.
Yeah, I get that shit ALL the time at work. Drives me batty and you can't turn it off.
just heard an insider comment that nokia probably did more harm to meego than do usefull stuff in the end.
grr... why mess with a format that's already established as a standard... this is going to FAIL
Brings new meaning to the blue-screen-of-death.
I only recently discovered QR codes. I use them to embed mini-editorials in my signature blocks and avatars on various sites. I wish I'd known earlier; I would have done my last drill letter entirely in QR codes.