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GLOBAL – If you’re fan of mobile tech, yesterday left your head spinning. Spinning with anticipation, questions, excitement, skepticism, and most of all, surprise. New leadership brings new strategy and new direction for our beloved Nokia. With any new direction in life comes polarizing opinions. While bloggers and the media tended to like the partnership, readers of this blog tended not to.

We shattered all Conversations traffic records yesterday and comments records as well. Whether you loved the news or not, there was one reoccuring theme in everyone’s comments: passion. One way or the other. That passion was shared by bloggers and the media. So here’s a quick roundup of yesterday’s reactions from around the interwebs..

Robert Scoble loves this partnership and wonders if Nokia’s fans have even tried a Windows Phone yet!

You should buy a Windows Phone 7 before you run off your mouth. That’s why you all are nuts when you say you’re buying Android. What a hoot!

He then he lays out Nokia and Microsoft’s strengths…

1. Nokia has distribution. Distribution Google doesn’t yet have. Nokia has dealers and stores in the weirdest places on earth. Places Apple won’t have stores in for decades, if ever.
2. MIcrosoft has a great OS. I like it better than Android. If you actually USED a Windows Phone 7 you’d see that to be true.
3. Microsoft has great developer tools.
4. Microsoft has Xbox. Which has just been rejuvenated with Kinect (hottest selling product in history, even hotter than the iPad!) IE, some parts of Microsoft ARE cool!
5. Nokia has great hardware design and supply chains. They always have great cameras, great screens. Supply chains matter. A lot more than anyone thinks (the stuff Apple never talks about, but works its ass off on is supply chain management — I got to see this first hand when I visited China).

Vlad Savov of Engadget gets his hands on some fascinating photos, and likes what he sees…

You shouldn’t, therefore, go jumping to conclusions about retail hardware just yet, but hearts should be warmed by the familiarity of Nokia’s new design — the shape of these handsets is somewhere between its recent N8 and C7 Symbian devices and there is, as usual for Nokia, a choice of sprightly colors. sees that developers are ready to support Nokia and Windows Phone…

From Flurry’s point of view, this week’s spike in Windows Phone 7 developer activity shows that developers not only believe Nokia has given Microsoft Windows Phone7 a shot in the arm, but also that Nokia and Microsoft together can build a viable ecosystem.

Author and blogger Tomi Ahonen of Communities Dominate Brands is in shock…

Ok. I am in shock. I was pretty sure (not completely sure, but pretty sure) that this could not happen. For the first time ever, a technology brand that was leading in the market, abandoned its platform and selected one of the smallest rivals. Even with Mr Stephen Elop’s background from Microsoft, I could not see this coming. But it did. I need to get over it.

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