Looks like Microsoft getting licensing to use Nokia patents and "mapping know-how"... Nokia owns and operates separately Navteq... one of the major suppliers of map data to Garmin and a host of other GPSr hardware and app suppliers...
This will be interesting to see how this develops...
What could possibly go wrong?
Microsoft is buying only parts of Nokia, not the whole Nokia itself? Probably should have bought the whole company and be done with it.
From what I have read Microsoft is buying the handset business. Almost all of Nokias other businesses will stay. I don't know about Navteq.
Thanks for the link and info
go wrong go wrong go wrong go wrong [reboot]
Business press articles specify that the two main surviving Nokia businesses after the deal will be network hardware and navigation. Apparently the operating name for the navigation portion is to be "Here" (like the new user correction website, here.com). The articles I saw did not use the name Navteq.
I notice that if you go to here.com the top page includes the helpful explanation "NAVTEQ + Nokia maps=HERE"
While I'd not have been pleased to learn that Microsoft was my new lifetime map supplier, I am troubled that this development breaks the obvious link of our map products to a cell phone population, and thus may delay implementation of crowd-sourced traffic information for Garmin users, on which I place great hopes.
Let's see... Microsoft has minuscule presence in the smartphone space, Nokia is now insignificant in the handset space.
Microsoft Surface is insignificant.
What do you think is going to happen?
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