I have been quiet about the happenings in mobile lately, I know. In particular the big news, Nokia-Microsoft “merger”, went without much of a comment, just a summary article on the week’s events. I’m a wait-and-see kind of person most of the time and frankly had no huge reaction to this one way or the other and didn’t feel like they warranted a post.
For the record, I see positives and negatives for the two companies coming out of this, although my feeling is still relatively negative about Windows Phone 7 and Nokia, with or without this deal. In particular I had this vague feeling of deja-vu running around in my head and must admit I thought more than once about how this sounds like the Palm-Microsoft deal a few years ago.
Apparently I was more right than I thought. Horace Dediu, in The Allegory of Treo, took a 2005 CNet article announcing that Palm was licensing Windows Mobile for Treo devices and replaced the names and objects with Nokia, Windows Phone 7, Steven Elop (Nokia CEO), Steve Ballmer (Bill Gates was still Microsoft CEO then), etc. All I can say is Wow! It’s a perfect match and a must-read.
Now, remind me, how did that work out for Palm?