Nokia announced last night that it would be partnering with Microsoft to produce Windows Phone devices. As keen techies may have noticed over the past few years, Nokia hasn't been doing too hot in the wake of iOS and Android. Symbian, Nokia's previous operating system of choice, has become obsolete, and their planned replacement, MeeGo, now seems to be taking a back burner to Windows Phone (the former head of MeeGo, Alberto Torres, just quit).
The duo will bring the usual Microsoft services such as Xbox Live, Office, and something called "Bing" to Nokia devices, along with the much-needed Windows Marketplace ecosystem.
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Whether this partnership will be able to save the Finnish manufacturer from the brink remains to be seen. The early indications show that Windows Phone isn't exactly a hot commodity, but the platform is still young. Props to Nokia for making the plunge, it takes kivekset of steel to turn a company around like this.