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Nokia kept secrets from Microsoft, it frustrated Joe Belfiore

| September 8, 2013 | 95 Replies

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I can’t believe we missed this CNET recently published an interview with Joe Belfiore discussing how the Nokia deal will help Microsoft and Windows Phone.

here are some interesting quotes:

The companies often touted their deep partnership on smartphones, but it turns out they still kept many secrets from each other. Sometimes those secrets caused one or the other to scramble to change features before a phone launched, and led Microsoft to rethink core aspects of its mobile operating system.

  • I think this refers to the 1020, I wonder how Microsoft didn’t see a 41 mp phone coming after the 808 launch and all the constant stream of rumors about it. of course it could also be OIS?

We would make changes in the software, or prioritize things in the software, unaware of the work that they’re doing. And then late in the cycle we’d find out and say, ‘If we had known that we would have done this other thing differently and it would have turned out better!'” Belfiore told CNET on Friday

  • The word “cycle” reminds me so much of this two statements

“waiting until the end of your fiscal year when you need to close your targets, doesn’t do us any good when I have phones to sell today.”

“AS A COMPANY WE DON’T WANT TO RELY ON SOMEBODY ELSE AND SIT AND WAIT FOR THEM TO GET IT RIGHT.”

Bryan Biniak VP of app development at Nokia.

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  • I will side with Nokia on this one

 

That back and forth is a common occurrence between the two companies. Belfiore says the partnership has also helped the company get a handle on regions it never understood when the first Windows Phones rolled out, including China and other emerging markets.

  •  I can vouch for Nokia on this one, its Arabic localization remains to be the most consistent experience for years now unlike Android phones that come with weird Arabic translations that are just half assed.

 

“In developing countries, end users share files over Bluetooth commonly, and in the US people just don’t do that,” Belfiore said. “We didn’t even have that feature, and we didn’t even understand or appreciate the degree to which it was critical.”

  • I think this is the perfect time to shamelessly plug one of my last articles on this exact subject.

 

“Some of our partners have come, and some of them have gone over the years,” he said. “It’s not likely to change the big picture.”

 

  • Isn’t that just a very Microsoft thing to say.

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Source CNET via Wpcentral

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