Nokia Cuts Jobs, Outsources Symbian Development
When Nokia announced that they’d be working with Windows Phone 7 as their smartphone platform, the implication was that Symbian, at some point, would begin to be phased out. Further details of this phase out have been released, and the grim reality is that a lot of Nokia employees are going to lose their job in the process. There’s going to be a deal between Nokia and consulting firm Accenture, whereby 3,000 Nokia employees get transfered to Accenture, with an additional 4,000 Nokia employees losing their job by the end of next year. Those that are transferring to Accenture will continue working on Symbian, but on a consulting basis, which represents Nokia’s shifted focus from Symbian to Windows Phone 7.