Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has given us plenty of positive quotes about the company's bright future now that it's teaming up with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7.
But back at the ranch there's been the problem of what to do with Symbian and the thousands of employees that until not too long ago were fully committed to its development. Today we have the answer: Nokia is slashing 7,000 jobs – including 700 in the UK.
Neither Elop nor anyone else inside Nokia has had much to say about staff cuts in the past couple of months, but with Symbian being phased out over the next year or two and software development duties for the Windows Phone OS being handled by Microsoft, some sort of restructuring was bound to happen sooner or later.
In total, 4,000 jobs worldwide will be cut altogether, including 700 from Nokia's UK operations, while a further 3,000 employees currently working on Symbian will be transferred to consultancy group Accenture, which is taking over control of the software platform.
“This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programmes for the talented people of Nokia,” Elop said in a statement.
The cuts and redeployments will start next year as Nokia looks to wind up its involvement with Symbian and moves exclusively over to Windows Phone for its smartphone operations.