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We know that Ovi Maps forms a big part of the partnership between Microsoft and Nokia. From this post in Nokiaâ€™s developer forums we learn that Nokiaâ€™s existing developer APIs for Ovi maps will also be supported in Windows Phone 7 Mango, which should help developers port their existing apps to Windows Phone 7 easily.
We already know Nokia is now very dependent on Microsoft executing well, but it seems the solutions of the two companies will also become incredibly intertwined, with Nokiaâ€™s Ovi Maps becoming a central part of the Windows Phone 7 offering for all OEMs, suggesting even if Microsoft did not actually take the step of marrying Nokia, they will certainly be living together very soon, with neither company able to step away cleanly from the partnership without significant disruption.
Thanks Tony for the tip.