GLOBAL – We’ve been posting links to reactions from other blogs and publications on a pretty regular basis since the February 11 announcement that Nokia was planning to partner with Microsoft for its smartphone business. But there’s been an important voice missing from the list: that of Rafe Blandford, proprietor and editor-in-chief of All About Symbian. It turns out, though, that there was a good reason for the silence: he was thinking and writing.
Yesterday, Rafe turned in an exhaustive blog post on the deal. It’s a post that does a great job of explaining the ins and outs of the proposed partnership, so we thought it was well-worth giving it a special mention here on Conversations. Here’s a few soundbites to whet your appetite:
On going it alone:
It is instructive that neither of Nokia’s two major ecosystem competitors try do everything themselves.
The subtle difference between joining and helping to build an ecosystem, and the associated value sharing that goes with each option, is ultimately what made a Nokia tie up with Google highly unlikely.
On the Microsoft partnership:
this mutual dependency is why I think Microsoft and Nokia will give everything they can to make this partnership succeed. And it’s why I think these two giants will ultimately find success together.
To understand why he thinks these things, you’ll have to read his post, of course. But speaking of soundbites, here’s a word from the man himself, summing up the main arguments.