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Nokia and Microsoft Sign Agreement Ahead of Schedule

Nokia and Microsoft today announced the signing of a definitive agreement on a partnership. The agreement is consistent with the joint announcement made on February 11.

In addition to agreeing to the terms of their partnership, Nokia and Microsoft also announced significant progress on the development of the first Nokia products incorporating Windows Phone. Nokia has also started porting key applications and services to operate on Windows Phone and joint outreach has begun to third party application developers.

So, according to the agreement:

  • Nokia will deliver mapping, navigation, and certain location-based services to Windows Phone. Microsoft will provide Bing search services across for Nokia devices.
  • Windows Phone developer registration will be free for all Nokia developers.
  • A new Nokia-branded global application store will be opened based on the Windows Marketplace infrastructure. Developers will be able to publish and distribute applications through a single developer portal to consumers that use Windows Phone, Symbian and Series 40 devices.
  • The Windows Phone ecosystem will take advantage of Nokia's billing agreements with 112 operators in 36 markets.
  • Microsoft will receive a running royalty from Nokia for the Windows Phone platform, starting when the first Nokia products incorporating Windows Phone ship.

With the definitive agreement now signed, work will continue on developing Nokia products on the Windows Phone platform with the aim of securing volume device shipments in 2012.

Source: Microsoft


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