Biggest Losers in NokiSoft: Developers
Nokia's message to them was: "It's time to learn Windows," says Gartner Inc. industry analyst Michael Gartenberg. Nokia had been encouraging developers to use its Qt development platform to build for future Symbian and MeeGo devices, but it won't be porting that to WP7.
Developers who want to target any future Nokia smartphones will have to use Microsoft's API and tooling. Which means they'll have to go from open to closed, inexpensive to pricey and learn a new set of development tools.
I can't imagine that many developers were banking solely on Nokia's OS -- most probably had applications in the works for other platforms in anticipation of a changing of the guard. But it still adds up to a lot of lost time, money and resources, all to develop for another platform that isn't hasn't proven popular yet.
Of course, that's not the only option. If you're a Nokia developer, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s recruiter for EMEA has one solution for you: google.com/jobs.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile