Nokia announced yesterday it would be cutting 7000 from it’s workforce – 3000 transferred to Accenture, a consulting firm which has along relationship with Nokia, and 4000 will be looking for another job. Nokia is trying to save 1 billion euros / year with the cuts.
These cuts will affect employees working on Symbian, and will see some employees retrained for work on windows phone, or moved to other departments. The cuts and moves are to happen through 2012 in stages as Nokia switches focus to windows phone. The Accenture employees will continue Symbian development through 2012. No news made much mention of MeeGo or Qt.
In all this Nokia is making Windows Phone it’s focus and is presenting this as a hard step of progress in the road to seeing Nokia Windows Phones available in stores. many are seeing it as the next step in the death of Symbian, And Nokia putting all their eggs in one basket and racing to adopt a system which looks good, but that’s all it does.
Nokia will be providing help at various levels to help employees being made redundant to find other jobs.
Meanwhile, I hope to be posting more development based stuff here again, possibly for Qt and Windows Phone, in the next few days.