Microsoft: Nokia partnership good for other OEMs

Nokia deal good for other WP7 OEMs

Microsoft’s Andy Lees told Reuters Nokia’s recently announced partnership with Microsoft for Windows Phone 7 will be good for the other Windows Phone 7 OEMs.

“Having them really betting on Windows Phone as the future of their smartphone business is a big statement in terms of the potential for volume and the total ecosystem,” Lees told Reuters Television at the Mobile World Congress fair in Barcelona.

The benefit is all in the software ecosystem and the confidence buyers and developers can have in the longevity and support for the platform.

“If you’re a developer… would you develop to Windows Phone? Before you might have said: ‘I’m not sure, because what’s the ultimate volume going to be?,” he said.

“Well, now the largest phone maker and also a whole set of other OEMS (original equipment makers) are already betting on the platform.”

We have already seen a spike in developer interest in Windows Phone 7 just based on rumours, and efforts on the platform should just increase in the days that follow.

Both HTC and LG have already said they plan to continue supporting Windows phone 7, with HTC in particular happy to take on all comers.

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