MWC 2011: Adios, MeeGo

11:15 AM -- Right at the end of International CES in Vegas this January I met an Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) technology wonk waiting in the cab line for the airport. We ended up sharing a cab. The thing he was most excited about? The prototype MeeGo laptop he had just been sent to try out.

Fast-forward just over a month and it looks like Intel might have had the rug pulled out from under it on its latest mobile effort by erstwhile partner Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), which is using Windows Phone 7 for future smartphones.

Nokia might use the MeeGo OS in tablets -- in fact, Intel showed off some examples of this new breed of mobile computers this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona -- but it seems that's about as far as it will go.

There are a couple of different MeeGo-related stands at MWC and people involved with the OS insisted that Intel has other companies it can work with on the open-source OS. Still there's little doubt that Nokia's move has knocked much of the wind out of MeeGo's already flagging sails.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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