Symbian to be Phased Out
Nokia explained today as part of its new partnership with Microsoft that Symbian won't be canned immediately. Nokia will continue to enhance and tweak Symbian using its Qt development platform so that it may continue to support its installed base. Nokia plans to release more Symbian handsets this year. However, Symbian's place in Nokia's device portfolio will be be phased out over time until Windows Phone 7 accounts for 100% of its smartphones. Nokia did not indicate how long this process will take. Nokia's MeeGo platform will be relegated to "experimental" status, which Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said it still hopes to learn from.
Microsoft Makes Branding Change Official
Microsoft today indicated its branding transition from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia is progressing as planned. Microsoft has slowly been rebranding apps, services, and web sites from Nokia to Microsoft.
Microsoft Updates Nokia X Platform
Though Microsoft plans to eventually can the Nokia X platform, the company today announced an update that adds several new features to the operating system. According to Microsoft, the improved OS now includes an app switcher for multitasking.
Skype to End Support for Windows Phone 7 and Symbian
Microsoft recently indicated it will cease to support Skype on devices running Windows Phone 7 and Symbian. The company said it will retire the official Skype app for WP7, as well as any ancillary apps that support it over the next few weeks.
Nokia Will Design and License Phones Beginning In 2016
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said the company will tackle the mobile phone industry again once its non-compete clause with Microsoft expires next year. Nokia no longer owns any manufacturing facilities and will not make its own phones.