28 Jul '14, 4am
Commentary: Microsoft moves to eliminate Nokia
Commentary: Microsoft moves to eliminate Nokia Daniel Shen, Taipei; Steve Shen, DIGITIMES [Monday 28 July 2014] In addition to initiating a massive lay-off, Microsoft also plans to discontinue Nokia's Asha-, Series 40- and X-series handset products as well as to rename the Lumia-series - moves which could eventually lead to the elimination of Nokia. By implementing the biggest round of layoffs in Microsoft's history, 12,500 or 70% of the planned cuts are jobs related to Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services business unit. The sweeping layoffs come as no surprise. But what is surprising is that CEO Satya Nadella appears to have not agreed to the acquisition of Nokia launched by former CEO Steve Ballmer. Although Microsoft has obtained the license to use the Nokia brand for 10 years, the planned suspension of Asha-, Series 40- and Nokia X-family products in...