So it's official: After sending the now famous "burning platform" memo to his employees, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has his former employer Microsoft as the savior for the declining mobile behemoth. In an open letter, Elop and Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer have announced plans for a strategic partnership to build a 'new global mobile ecosystem', of partnering to offer customers what is "a third ecosystem", in a market that is dominated by Apple and Android. Need To Know: Nokia-Microsoft Partnership - Ovi App Store: Nokia’s content and application store (Ovi) will be integrated with Microsoft Marketplace - Devices: Windows Phone will be Nokia's primary smartphone, and Nokia will "innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging". Nokia will bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies, and provide its provide hardware and language support expertise to Microsoft. Nokia and Microsoft will closely collaborate on development, with a shared development roadmap - Search: Bing will power Nokia’s search services across Nokia devices and services - Symbian: Symbian becomes a franchise platform, though Nokia will try and retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come. - MeeGo: Meego becomes an open-source, mobile operating system project. MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year. - Maps: Nokia…
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