AS I LISTENED to the CEOs of Nokia and Microsoft announce a strategy that will put Windows Phone 7 onto Nokia hardware, my Nokia N8 started updating its main software and a few new applications also updated in the background. The two Steves (Elop and Ballmer) explained to a packed venue and a global webcast how they are going to bring together strengths of the two phones platforms. Before they started talking, Bloomberg had announced shares of Nokia were down 7.25% and Microsoft was down 1.68%. Even though Symbian is part the top-end Nokia phones on the Irish market, I had to wonder if I will continue getting updates to the N8 for the next three years. I buy and keep phones for a three year period but I know Nokia has to show major results in half of that time. I believe that my 2013 purchase will be a robust Windows Phone 7 device so I can continue to effectively manage content from Exchange servers, use my employer's Outlook mobility client and edit Office documents. The cross-talk on my Twitter timeline during the streaming web event was opposed to these moves by Nokia, mainly because I follow a lot of Symbian developers. But where I work, we have Silverlight and XNA platforms integrated to the Games Development degree at Tipperary Institute. At every Games Fleadh, third level students from around Ireland spend a few days on campus to quickly create apps that run well on the WP7 platform. So from an academic point of view, the Nokia-Microsoft announcement is one that validates the direction we set for our accredited third level degree programme several years ago.