Nokia and Yahoo in strategic partnership

by Volker Weber

From the Nokia press release:

  • Nokia will be the exclusive, global provider of Yahoo!'s maps and navigation services, integrating Ovi Maps across Yahoo! properties, branded as "powered by Ovi."
  • Yahoo! will become the exclusive, global provider of Nokia's Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat services branded as "Ovi Mail / Ovi Chat powered by Yahoo!"
  • Nokia and Yahoo! plan to work on ID federation between their services, beginning by making it easy for people to use their Ovi user IDs across select Yahoo! properties to easily access the online content and services they need.

No word on photo sharing. It would make sense to me if Nokia used Yahoo's Flickr service instead of their own effort.

Ovi Mail is currently running on the same infrastructure as IBM's LotusLive iNotes product, run by the Hong Kong based company Outblaze, whose messaging assets IBM acquired to speed up their LotusLive initiative. With a couple of million accounts gone, they won't be running into any capacity issues soon.

Comments

So far, Ovi Chat is fully federated Jabber/XMPP. Now I wonder how that's going to change.

Dominik Schwind, 2010-05-24

Well, if they migrate users to Yahoo Messenger, that is bound to change. Interesting indeed.

Volker Weber, 2010-05-24

With a couple of million accounts gone

And no one showing up to point out some strange numbers on the strong growth Notes demonstrates in the XYZ market.

Sometimes it is the silence which says it all.

Lucius Bobikiewicz, 2010-05-25

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