Nokia to cut thousands of jobs, outsource Symbian OS

By Jos
Apr 27, 2011
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  1. Nokia has announced it will be cutting 7,000 jobs worldwide as part of a major restructuring plan as the company phases out Symbian and focuses on Microsoft's Windows Phone. The good news is that the 3,000 employees Nokia had working on Symbian will continue their jobs at consulting and outsourcing firm Accenture, which is now in charge of its development, but a further 4,000 will have to face what CEO Stephen Elop called a difficult reality and head home.

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  2. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 427   +19

    Just when you think steve jobs lost his mind......
  3. T77

    T77 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 315

    Yeah,unfortunately a difficult reality for the employees who had no part in Elop's failure to handle and survive the competition.
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,038   +72

    I dont think its Elop's doing that Nokia found itself in such dire situation, the failure lies in the fact that Nokia had failed to innovate/compete with rivals when the newer mobile OS & touchscreens start getting popular with smarphones. Irony is Nokia has the best screen anyone can offer for now (i.e. CBCD) but their OS (i.e. Symbian) was simply a relic of the past which they were unable to modernize. Unfortunately lack of leadership and direction during this period is what which has resulted in this.
  5. QFT.
    Nokia has been digging the hole since a while. It's only now that we're seeing the results.
  6. Sym OS was a great OS in terms of battery life and making simple phone calls. It's UI was terrible, but I have my ipod for music and console for games...
  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,361   +167

    Nokia is getting beat-up on several fronts.

    Nokia is, of course, well known for their cell phones. But they also spent over $8 billion dollars several years ago to buy Navteq - the GPS Navigiation map and real-time traffic provider. But after Nokia bought Navteq, Google started beating them both up by expanding into the cell phone market with Android and their own GPS location services and mapping data.


    btw.. Which i think is one of the real reasons for Nokia and Microsoft to become strategic partners lest Google demolish them both in Cell Phones and cell phone OS, providing GPS maps and locations services, etc.

    Some more info / related articles for the fyi...



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