3000 Nokia Symbian folk shipped off to Accenture to continue delivery of Symbian and Software development.

| April 27, 2011 | 7 Replies

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As we’ve just heard in the big plans post, 3000 Nokia employees will be transfering to Accenture to continue delivery of Software development and support devices. Accenture is


a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with more than 215,000 employees serving clients in more than 120 countries.

Accenture and Nokia have rich history working together since 1994. This collaboration strongly shows Nokia’s commitment to serve current and future Symbian customers, as it plans to deliver 150 million Symbian devices in the coming years.
“This collaboration demonstrates our ongoing investment to serve our Symbian customers,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president for Smart Devices, Nokia. “As we move our primary smartphone platform to the Windows Phone platform, the transition of skilled talent to Accenture also shows our commitment to provide our Symbian employees with potential new career opportunities.”

Symbian and MeeGo R&D decreasing, efforts for Windows Phone increasing (and a new team built up for the “future disruption”)

In case Windows Phone fails, no Symbian life-raft.

Nokia (Elopians) are serious about dropping Symbian. Nokia’s wealth of talent may (most likely) will end up working for their competitors.

It’s all or nothing. And right now it sides heavily on the negative side what the outcome will be.

Feb 2012: Microsoft Announces Smartphone division. Room full of elephants?


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  • Marc Aurel

    I still don’t see Microsoft getting into the hardware business big time by buying Nokia. Nokia absolutely dwarfs anything Microsoft has ever attempted in the hardware side; after all, M$ does not even make the XBox360 or the various input devices in their own factory but outsources the production to China, and in any case even XBox360 volumes are miniscule compared to Nokia phone production.

    MS also has no interest in the “mobile phone” or feature phone production of Nokia, and Nokia BoD and shareholders would be crazy to accept splitting up the company. Feature phones may not have an indefinite future, but they will still be available in 2020 and will remain a significant part of the global mobile device business for several years to come.

    • Ninja

      Yep. Zero chance of MS buying Nokia. Much as the bitterness inside some people would like to say otherwise.

      Remember, Nokia is a business there to make money, and then make more money. That is it’s primary function. Clearly a detailed analysis has shown a better chance with WinPho than Symbian.

      I disagree with that from a technical perspective, Symbian is so far in advance of WinPho on all levels it isn’t funny, but I do however regretfully respect a financial analysis of Nokia’s different options and that is what they’ve gone with.

      • jonnyjl

        And any consumer doing any real analysis isn’t going drop bucks down on a company that can’t live up to what should be seemingly easy progression over the last 3-4 years, considering the size of their workforce.

        Is Nokia seriously still thinking they can drop that many Symbian phones on people until they get WP out the door?

      • The issue isnt that MS is going to buy Nokia, it is that MS is using Nokia (and several billion dollars) to do 2 things.

        1)Use OVI to fill out its feature set (Navigation mostly)

        2)Use Nokia to gain market share and mindshare (Nokia holds ~26 percent of the market, MS would be very happy with their billions spent if they get half that)

        After that MS will start gaining more support from other manufactures due to the market share controlled, Nokia will continue to lose market share because consumers will see only a hardware difference between phones. Nokia ends with a about a third(HTC, MOT) of 14 percent. MS happy, Nokia looking back at what they did wrong.

  • Jake

    What does this mean if I just bought the E73 Nokia cell phone? Will I end up with performance issues?

  • Razor

    Microsoft’s xbox 360 is doing fine. Beside they have sold 50 million+ console worldwide. And so is sony’s ps3. Lucky that i have ps3. Of course xbox 360 had lot’s of issue in the past. Specially the hardware failure like red ring of death and so on like disk scratches. But i don’t have any problem with my ps3 and it’s amazing piece of console to have. I don’t know about xbox 360 though and i have never bought one. Some says it’s gpu is better than ps3’s gpu rsx.