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Biggest Losers in NokiSoft: Developers

9:30 AM -- A number of people could lose their jobs as a result of Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)'s tie-up with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and the slow deaths of Symbian Ltd. and MeeGo, but what about the number of developers who'll be forced to start over?

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

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:12:58 PM
re: Biggest Losers in NokiSoft: Developers

There will be more big losers as this marriage plays out.

Finally, MSFT found a company desperate enough to invest in Windows as a mobile platform. The problem? There are too many other solid, completely evolved mobile ecosystems out there already with devices in stores NOW.

Nokia should change its name to Next of Kin.

Another thing: What happen to Nokia's design chops? They used to make beautiful candy bar phones. The latest crop of Nokia gadgets look like RIM rejects or something that HTC would never let in the building.

Bottom line: The Microsoft relationship will help Nokia find some direction but I think ultimately it hitched its wagon to a dead horse (at least as far as mobility is concerned).


sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:12:58 PM
re: Biggest Losers in NokiSoft: Developers

Pyramid Research analyst Stela Bokun makes the good point that Nokia will need to help Microsoft bring down its ridiculously high development costs. That's a big deterrent for developers. More here: http://www.pyramidresearch.com/points/item/110211.htm

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