And the bloodshed continues at Nokia
. There was no bones made about the
need to slash jobs after Nokia decided on Windows
Phone 7 for their next
mobile OS; the folks working on Symbian were suddenly not needed. But
now, a report is making this rumors a lot more tangible, and painful.
Reuters is reporting that Nokia will have to cut 7,000 jobs and
outsource their Symbian software development (what's left of it, anyway)
in order to save $1.46 billion in costs. These awful cuts are said to
be needed in order to recover and reclaim market share in the global
market, but that doesn't make it any easier for Nokia employees to
The move will mean that 4,000 staff will be let go, and another 3,000
will be let go as Accenture takes over Symbian. That's 12% of their
phone unit, which is fairly staggering. It's brutal, but it's probably
needed. Nokia has been a lumbering giant of a company with a slipping
market share, and new CEO Stephen Elop seems serious about doing
whatever it takes to make Nokia a serious player again in smartphones.
The real question: is 7,000 just the start, or the end?