Bert Igbokwe reckons Nokia can become the dominant Windows Phone 7 manufacturer, as HTC is with Android, and produce "a dream phone in 2011". On Twitter, Mayank Shah puts it more succinctly: "Nokia Windows Phone 7 = Win".
Everybody's keen to see what kind of phones result from the deal. Liam Daly says, "It's a great idea. Nokia hardware tends to be fantastic but the OS lets it down. Windows Phone 7 is fantastic so win-win for both Nokia and Microsoft." Sean Gilligan agrees: "If Windows Phone 7 was on a Nokia N8 I would go out and buy one straight away."
Not everyone is impressed. Dean Shepherd says, "I do believe Nokia have shot themselves in the foot... why sign with JUST Microsoft?" AugusTyme worries that, "If WinPhone7 sinks, which is possible with 2 per cent marketshare, now so too will Nokia."
Andrew Palmer, the old cynic, can't see "why they chose Windows rather than Android, other than [Nokia boss] Stephen Elop used to work for Microsoft". Ian Lorenc replies that he doesn't see "why Nokia didn't choose both Windows AND Android. Why not? HTC run both OS."
An anonymousthinks Nokia has blown it: "Goodnight Nokia. Lacking focus and having too many platforms, they add another one? And a poor one at that." Meanwhile, Derrp Perry simply isn't bothered: "As soon as this iPhone contract expires I'm jumping on the Android train and never getting off."
But some Android users welcome the announcement. Alan0606 thinks, "All competition is good! Will just make Apple and Google raise their offerings to an even higher level."
The last word must go to Mark Anderson, an avid CNET UK reader and regular commenter with a deep devotion to Nokia -- until now. He's so devastated about the prospects for Symbian he's renouncing Nokia entirely: "I must have 'mug' tattood on my forehead or something. Ah well;in pocket, N8 in sock drawer."
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