Microsoft has been promising an update to WP7 that opens it up to CDMA networks, among other upgrades, since last year. Sprint was the most logical first taker, since Verizon Wireless has been less gung ho about the OS.
Even so, all four Tier 1 operators have pledged support for the platform, which will be important for it to achieve widespread distribution in the U.S. (See Microsoft WP7 Shipments Start Slow and CES 2011: Microsoft... That's It?)
One fourth said the partnership makes Microsoft a much more interesting platform and one they'd definitely develop for, while another 24 percent indicated they would shift development focus to a competitor like Google or Apple. The remainder fell somewhere in between -- 18 percent said the deal decreases the likelihood they'd make an additional investment with Nokia, 22 percent said it'd lead to them investigate Microsoft and 11 percent didn't really care.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile