The good news is that the Mubarak regime in Egypt is all but gone. The bad news is that M$ and Nokia are going to push Phoney7. I see this as bad news because it will be a millstone around Nokia’s neck. For a short time they will prosper from the deal but Android and WebOS will kick butt and Nokia is limiting its longterm share. I see this as bad news in that M$ can claim for a year or two longer to be relevant in IT. Nokia has a huge market and to toss it to M$ is short-sighted. Those locked-in to Nokia will now be locked-in to M$. I have rarely seen any partner of M$ do well. They often get squeezed or put out of business.
It will take a year or so to judge the results of this alignment but I do not see the dynamic, open and low-cost platform of Android/Linux on ARM losing to M$’s stuff. I see Nokia losing major share. I hope they got enough money to sell their reputation.
UPDATE Here’s SJVN’s take on this: “too little, too late”. Amen.
UPDATE There’s some news about the walkout by 1000 employees at Nokia who may be axed… Google wants them!
“Any Nokia software engineers need a job? We’re hiring: www.google.jobs”
Sigh. A better URL:http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/
TheRegister has some more insights.