Feb 12, 2011

Nokia joins with Microsoft

Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft in an attempt to regain ground lost to the iPhone and Android-based devices.

The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.

It means that Nokia's existing operating systems will be sidelined.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Nokia's chief executive Stephen Elop revealed that there would be "substantial" job losses as a result of the tie-up.

Nokia will remain "first and foremost...a Finnish company. Finland is our home and will remain our home," he said.

But job losses around the world, including in Finland, will be inevitable, he added.

Speaking about the new partnership with Microsoft, Mr Elop said that "the game has changed from a battle of devices to a war of ecosystems".

"An ecosystem with Microsoft and Nokia has unrivalled scale around the globe," he said.

Microsoft's chief executive Steve Ballmer was also present at the launch, underlining the importance of the deal to the computing giant.

"Nokia and Microsoft working together can drive innovation that is at the boundary of hardware, software and services," he said.

Microsoft's Bing will power Nokia's search services, while Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft's mapping services.

The new strategy means Nokia's existing smartphone operating systems will be gradually sidelined.

Symbian, which runs on most of the company's current devices will become a "franchise platform", although the company expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in future.

"It is a transition from Symbian to Windows phone as our primary smartphone platform," said Mr Elop.

Windows may not be the exclusive operating system for Nokia tablets though.

"We reserve the right to introduce tablets using other platforms, including ones we may be working on internally," he said.

There was no specific announcement about when the first Windows-powered Nokia phone will be available.

Mr Elop revealed that the firm did consider a tie-up with Google's Android operating system.

"We spent time with our colleagues at Google and explored the Google ecosystem but we felt we would have difficulty differentiating within that ecosystem," he said.

It was also revealed that talks with Microsoft only began in November, illustrating how quickly the deal has been pushed through.


Jubilant peoples celebrating their win for democracy in Egypt

Peoples celebrating after Mubarak resigned on 11th February 2011, the 18th day of protest by the millions of people in the country. 

Peoples are celebrating in the Tahrir Square (Independence Ground) at the heart of Capital city Cairo in Egypt today after stepping down of President Hosni Mubarak.

The 18 days bloody and sacrificial fight was against autocracy on behalf of democracy. How precious democracy is! The celebration marking the fact at the highest level.

Feb 11, 2011

President Hosni Mubarak steps down, Suleiman at Egypt State TV

President Hosni Mubarak has step down at this evening today on 18th day of non-stop protests against him. Protesters from all walk of life in the country headed to the street in the capital city and other cities of the country to press home their one point demand of removing the 30 years power holding President Mr. Mubarak.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hosni Mubarak declared yesterday that he will cling to the power till September this year and will not compete in the next general election. This declaration from Mubarak led to the more protests in the country today.

Finally, Vice President Mr. Omar Suleiman announced today in this evening that Mr. Mohammad Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave power and handed over the State Affairs Administration to the Supreme Armed Forces of the country.


Video: Clashes for democracy in Egypt on 18th day

Fight for Democracy in Egypt has been advancing ahead!

Will Egyptians will get their long awaited democracy or another general is going to capture power here? The answer is very easy as the power is already handed over to Military Forces of the country.

The outrage came out when the declaration in a televised statement by President Hosni Mubarak told that he would not step down before September this year.

Mubarak resigns: Power handed over to army

In an announcement on state TV, Vice-President Omar Suleiman said Mr Hosi Mubarak had handed power to the military.

It came as thousands massed in Cairo and other Egyptian cities for an 18th day of protest to demand Mr Mubarak's resignation.

Protesters responded by cheering, waving flags, embracing and sounding car horns. "The people have brought down the regime," they chanted.

Mr Suleiman said Mr Mubarak had handed power to the high command of the armed forces.

"In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country," he said.

"May God help everybody."

Mr Mubarak has already left Cairo and is in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he has a residence, officials say.

In Cairo, thousands of people are gathered outside the presidential palace, in Tahrir Square and at state TV.

They came out in anger following an address by Mr Mubarak on Thursday. He had been expected to announce his resignation but instead stopped short of stepping down, transferring most powers to Mr Suleiman.