Nokia, after years of nurturing and growing it's Symbian OS along with Maemo and MeeGo is dumping it all in the favor of Windows Mobile 7. With this Nokia is also orphaining it's baby, Qt.
What this means for the layman is this, all Nokias budget phones will remain on Symbian for some more since it remains the OS of choice for cheap phones under Nokia. But Indian and Chinese manufacturers are bringing out their own cheap phones that have better value.
High end phones will migrate to Windows 7 Mobile. This means Symbian ^3 is gonna go down the drain. And MeeGo remains a ?
Open letter by Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer
Nokia and Microsoft have entered into a non-binding term sheet. The planned partnership remains subject to negotiations and execution of the definitive agreements by the parties and there can be no assurances that the definitive agreements would be entered into.
Some things are for sure:
• Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.
• Nokia will help drive and define the future of Windows Phone. Nokia will contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.