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Microsoft And Nokias’ Noble Mobile Marriage

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Could you hear the mobile market bombshell Nokia and Microsoft dropped in London earlier today?

Here’s how it was covered on the Nokia Conversations blog.  Basically, Nokia’s putting Symbian out to pasture and adopting Windows Phone as its “primary smartphone strategy.”

This will bring Nokia and Microsoft into the same big mobile market bed as they “closely collaborate on development, joint marketing initiatives, and a shared development roadmap.”

It also means that Bing will become the search engine of choice across Nokia’s devices and services. This at a time when Bing’s market share hovered a little over 12% of the U.S., and just under 10% globally.

With the explosion of mobile devices around the globe and Nokia’s vast global market penetration, the Bing deal becomes an attempt to “buy in” as a potential strategic counterweight to Google’s vast and growing mobile search domination.

But considering Nokia’s own 4Q10 press release indicated that YOY market share had dropped from 35% to 31%, they’re going to need a major bounceback.

Then again, nothing surprises me in this industry anymore.  Microsoft helped “save” Apple way back when with a $150M cash infusion, so who’s to say Redmond can’t help Nokia get firmly back on the mobile information superhighway.

Though I won’t be running out to replace my own iPhone 4 anytime soon, a device I’ve become perfectly content with (save AT&T’s continued spotty service here in my Austin home office), it will be interesting to see if Redmond can save Helsinki.

A few other key aspects of the deal, FYI, and according to the official press release from Nokia:

  • 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.
  • Nokia Maps will be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform to form a unique local search and advertising experience.
  • Nokia’s extensive operator billing agreements will make it easier for consumers to purchase Nokia Windows Phone services in countries where credit-card use is low.
  • Microsoft development tools will be used to create applications to run on Nokia Windows Phones, allowing developers to leverage the ecosystem’s global reach.
  • Microsoft will continue to invest in the development of Windows Phone and cloud services
  • Nokia’s content and application store will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace

Written by turbotodd

February 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Live @ Lotusphere, Day 3: Goin’ Mobile

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It’s Day  3 at Lotusphere, and my brain is slowly evolving into collaborative mush.

I had a great chat with some business partners from New Jersey over breakfast, who explained that they were Lotus faithful and had been coming to the event for over 10 years now.

They told me how they thought this was the FIRST year they’d been here where the event didn’t seem to revolve completely around the next release of Lotus Notes, and that there was a much broader view into the Lotus collaboration portfolio.

And, they seemed to be digging it.

Well, gents, I definitely don’t think that was a happy accident, but we very much appreciate the feedback and are glad you think we seem to be heading in the right direction.

As to this AM, let’s get to some breaking news coming out of the second floor of the Dolphin hotel press conference.

First, more news on the emerging IBM Lotus mobile strategy, which includes a major expansion of IBM Lotus Collaboration software and delivery of enterprise secure email for Android, the iPhone, and Nokia Symbian-based smartphones.

IBM customer General Motors related during the event this week how it’s building for an increasingly mobile workforce, connected and equipped for anything, anytime, anywhere.

Specifically, GM chief strategy and technology officer Kirk Guttman explained he has thousands of people on iPhones and BlackBerry devices using their Lotus collaboration tools while in motion, increasing their productivity while in motion…just not behind me while driving down the Interstate, please!

As mentioned the other day, the Lotus Notes Traveler Companion, a plug-in that allows you to view encrypted email on the iPhone.  Available in the Apple App store now.

Traveler will also be supported on Nokia Symbian smartphones and Windows Mobile devices, because we want to be sure Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie can securely read one another’s Lotus Notes email on their iPhones.

That was a joke!  Get it, Ray and Bill, Lotus Notes, iPhone!? (Well, let’s give Bill credit…he did apparently just get his own Twitter account after three years of critical Twittering mass).

Next up, we had some great news on the online meeting front, which is where, as you know, I spend most of my life.

In fact, I think I’m supposed to be in an emeeting right at this very moment!  Doh!

These new features in IBM Lotus Sametime offer a new online meeting experience that provides a consolidated calndar view and enables users to start or join a meeting with a single click…because taking a few clicks to open an emeeting was apparently a major labor on the part of IBMers and customers around the globe!

Just kidding…I love one click access, particularly to the delete button in my Notes mail inbox.

With this new feature, users are going to be able to easily invite participants to a meeting by dragging names from their IM contact list and dropping them into the meeting.

Participants will also be able to accept meeting invites with a single click as well as upload materials to the meeting with a drag and drop capability.

I presume this also means I can drop you OUT of the meeting if you’re misbehaving.

IBM Lotus has had a number of world class companies participating in a beta to test out these new capabilities.

Thomas Eidenmueller with Merck KGaAsaid that “With our planned deployment of Lotus Sametime 8.5 in the second quarter of 2010, we will be able to further lower travel expenses with our plans to run education sessions both internally and externally with our partners.”

Other new features of Sametime 8.5 worth highlighting: Always-ready, reservation-less meetings with password-protected meeting rooms…a zero-download Web client that makes it easier for companies to embed Sametime capabilities into their apps and Web sites…a new browser-based Apple iPhone chat client, for all you Macheads out there…and enhancements to the Sametime Unified Telephony capability, which helps users better manage their phone calls based on presence and location.

That one’s a no brainer for companies that have an exceptionally mobile workforce, and I’ve used that function when I was working remotely and didn’t want to run up a big phone bill from overseas.

Have wifi and Sametime Unified Telelphony, will travel.

Finally, for those of you on the small and medium sized business front, IBM announced today that it’s working with business partners to create solutions integrated with IBM Lotus Foundations to help small and medium business address the challenge of complexity.

Lotus Foundations is IBM’s hardware and software solution that helps SMBs collaborate with tools that include email, office apps, file sharing, and backup/data recovery and protection.

Lotus Foundations basically provides a one-stop shop for smaller businesses that want to focus on running their business (and not their IT infrastructure), and because the Foundations solution is autonomic, you can install, setup, monitor, and do problem resolution without human intervention.

Speaking of human intervention, I need to intervene with myself and cut off this post.  That’s it, that’s a wrap, and I think that’s the fastest I’ve ever typed in my life…and I’m a fast typist (they don’t call me Turbo for nothin’).

More to come later today, including our podcast interview with IBMer Rawn Shah, author of “Social Networking for Business.”

In the meantime, I encourage you to read this thoughtful post from ReadWriteWeb’s Alex Williams about IBM vs. Microsoft’s approach to the open Web.

Written by turbotodd

January 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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