Satya Nadella made the official announcement in an email sent to the entire company. Nokia will no longer support Android in its devices and 18,000 jobs are to be “eliminated”. The Nokia Devices And Services team is to be integrated while Microsoft remains focused on future handsets and breakthrough innovation.
The statement said:
“In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product design to become Lumia products running Windows. this builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.”
Executive vice president, Stephen Elop, added that the company will remain focused on Windows Phone. Sales volumes are intended to be increase by targeting the affordable smartphone segment.
Besides the devices that are now available on the market, Nokia plans to offer new Lumia low-cost devices.
The official statement hints at the fact that Microsoft wants to use one operating system for all the devices offered so that a “one OS” experience can be created for the users.
Elop highlighted that different Microsoft devices like the Xbox and the Surface tablets will not go through strong changes. Most of the news affects Nokia as over 50% of the job losses that are announced will come from Nokia’s division.