I can almost say I told you so, as it looks like Nokia released a device that resembles a netbook/notebook hybrid running, yep you guess it, Microsoft Windows. The Booklet 3G is a fanless device that comes with pretty much anything you would need, keyboard, touchpad, monitor, Wi-Fi, mobile broadband (3G HSPA), assisted GPS, Bluetooth, web cam, card reader and HDMI out (for use with the HD ready capability). The best part, however, is the apparent 12 hours of battery life this thing is supposed to provide. The fact that it all fits neatly into a 2.75 pound device doesn’t hurt either.

The release date and asking price won’t be revealed until next week, but I have seen rumors of greater than 700 USD price tag surfacing. If this is indeed the case I think Nokia may have trouble selling the device without using long term contracts with wireless providers to subsidize the cost. The device does come with a SIM card reader as well for connectivity to telecommunication networks.

The use of this device in the enterprise remains to be seen, but as with most Netbooks, the absence of a TPM module will leave corporate data at risk and more than likely stall adoption.

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Today Microsoft and Nokia announced they would be forming a global alliance. I have to wonder what this could bring to the future of mobile computing for the enterprise. The general consumer seems to love the iPhone (or the marketing around it), but the restrictions placed on the device and service leaves a lot to be desired for the enterprise customers. In my opinion vendor lock-in has always been the biggest obstacle to wider-spread adoption of Apple’s products.

Now I could consider Blackberry and Google Android to be the only other real competitors here, but I think the Nokia and Microsoft partnership opens up some bigger possibilities, like competition with HP, Asus, Acer and Lenovo (oh, I guess Dell is still around too).

Let’s face it, the features of a Netbook are practically already built into the Nokia N97, albeit at a slightly larger price tag. If Nokia plays this right, they could be the only provider to have their own device and operating system that runs Microsoft Office at an affordable price. Why is this important, well Microsoft Office generally runs most of the Fortune 1000. Nokia could become a serious player in the enterprise market overnight.

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