April 27, 2011

Andre Andre
Robot Herder
6420 posts

Symbian to be sold to Accenture; huge layoffs for Nokians ahead

 

According to these [nokloc25.thesedays.com] announcements [press.nokia.com] Nokia plans to sell Symbian to Accenture; a consultancy company, which will then lease it back to Nokia and provide the services Nokia needs to keep using Symbian for the coming years. 3000 Nokia employees will been transfered to Accenture.

Related to this move, another 4000 Nokia employees will have to leave Nokia [press.nokia.com] (added to the 3000 mentioned above).

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April 27, 2011

Andre Andre
Robot Herder
6420 posts

One of the main questions on this forum would be: where will Qt end up? Will it transfer to Accenture too, or will it stay with Nokia? And if it stays with Nokia, then this question, asked earlier in discussions on the Windows Phone move, will rear up its ugly head again: What is the business case for continued Qt development within Nokia?

After the WP7 move, the official communication was that Nokia would still sell 150M devices with Symbian and Qt in the years to come, and that Qt was evaluated for other devices. With the development work for the Symbian devices moving the Accenture, what case is there left for Qt within Nokia?

April 27, 2011

Flux Flux
Lab Rat
141 posts

Would be quite suicidal to give up on Qt and go into the partnership with Microsoft.

April 27, 2011

Andre Andre
Robot Herder
6420 posts

It seems Qt stays with Nokia. That does not tell us what it will be used for, however.

April 27, 2011

maxpayne maxpayne
Lab Rat
21 posts

“What is the business case for continued Qt development within Nokia?”

I can only guess that Qt could play a significant role in plans for “future disruptions”. there has been little communication about this though…

April 27, 2011

Alexandra Alexandra
Hobby Entomologist
607 posts

Yes, Qt stays with Nokia. There are no plans for any of us to move to Accenture and no Trolls will be laid off. :)

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April 27, 2011

Gerolf Gerolf
Robot Herder
3287 posts

That’s good information, thanks Alexandra.

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April 27, 2011

Andre Andre
Robot Herder
6420 posts

This reply [lists.qt.nokia.com] from Thiago (well known Troll) in qt-interest is interesting in this respect.

April 27, 2011

grego grego
Lab Rat
22 posts

Actually I think it is a no-brainer to look into a crystal ball and see that Qt is coming to S40 with some future devices. But it may be just QML, at least in the beginning.

(Disclaimer: I came to this conclusion after braking an easter egg and looking how the pieces fell…, but mobile industry analysts seem to be successfully using the same method)

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April 27, 2011

kidproquo kidproquo
Lab Rat
110 posts

It took me about 2/3 of the way through that reply from Thiago before my brain remembered that in this context “Troll” has a completely different meaning than the rest of the interwebs. :-P

Anyway, good to hear that the Qt team is staying together. Keep up the good work.

April 27, 2011

felipexil felipexil
Lab Rat
1 posts

I would bet on Qt for S40 too (and a Linux-based S40 platform), but Nokia should make the announcement as soon as possible to avoid losing possible Qt developers.

April 27, 2011

paulo paulo
Ant Farmer
174 posts

It’s quite difficult to me see if I follow investing time working with Qt for Symbian with this type of announcements every month :(, luckily there’s still Meego.

April 30, 2011

disperso disperso
Lab Rat
183 posts

Qt on S40 has not much appeal to me. I hardly see news about applications for S40 or such low end devices. I trust a lot Thiago, though, so if he or other trolls say that we should not worry too much, I won’t.

May 30, 2011

qtrahul qtrahul
Lab Rat
188 posts

The below is the latest Tweet of @ceoStephenElop

Accenture agreement will be signed mid-June. Keeping fingers crossed nothingsurfaces in due-diligence. Little bit like selling a used car.

May 30, 2011

tipul07 tipul07
Lab Rat
3 posts

It’s a shame we still have to wonder about future of Qt on Nokia platofrms, having in mind that much time invested in both parts (Nokia and 3rd party developers), but well money talks!
I have strong doubts about this future… Too bad!

 
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