MIcrosoft says goodbye to Nokia Android based phones
Satya Nadella’s letter includes strategic decisions that is that Microsoft is folded around the Windows ecosystem. Thus, the management announced that Nokia will leave its experiment making their smartphones with Android operating system (the Nokia X range) to bet on their own mobile platform (Windows Phone).
This range of terminals was presented by Nokia with great fanfare last February at the last Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and was released in April by Microsoft in order to integrate their services in smartphones with more competitive prices to reach more public and emerging markets, as revealed by Stephen Elop, Nokia’s former CEO and now director of Microsoft devices unit. The second generation, known as Nokia X2 aimed at a medium-low profile client was launched in June. Nadella said yesterday that “the plan is that some of the Nokia X terminals pass to run Android on Windows Phone operating system.”
Clearly Microsoft CEO needs to make the software giant a stronger competitor to Google and Apple, who dominate the new era of mobile-centric computing, and this move allows Microsoft to unify efforts around a single operating system for both the smartphone segment as input for high-end devices. The CEO of the Redmond company stressed that the decision to allow focus on Microsoft Windows applications.
Microsoft is facing the biggest restructuring in its history inside. Its CEO, Satya Nadela, has been in the post for a couple of months and announced yesterday through an email sent to employees a plan to “simplify” the organization and as part of an elimination of 18,000 jobs over the next twelve months. A setting which also comes as a result of the purchase of Nokia mobile unit and duplication of positions created, and equivalent to 14% of the staff of the multinational. The company added 127,104 workers in June.
Although Nadella not say how they will affect the settings to different countries and business units, he did indicate that the total of 18,000 affected posts “synergies and alignment as a result of the purchase of Nokia [last April for about 7,200 billion] will mean around12,500 layoffs.” This figure includes both manufacturing employees as professionals from the rest of the organization. When Microsoft acquired Nokia’s mobile unit added around 25,000 employees to its staff.
They said: they have already begun to carry out the first 13,000 layoffs “and most of the affected employees will be notified over the next six months.” The company employs in Spain about 700 people (more about Nokia 45 workers), plans to carry out most of the layoffs before 31st December.