In addition to indicating that Microsoft is going to lay off 18,000 jobs in the next year, from which 12,500 are going to be from former Nokia employees, Microsft’s CEO Satya Nadella has also emphasized about integrating Nokia Devices and Services into Microsoft.
About the integration of Nokia to Microsoft, Satya Nadella mentioned in his email that “Second, we are working to integrate the Nokia Devices and Services teams into Microsoft. We will realize the synergies to which we committed when we announced the acquisition last September. The first-party phone portfolio will align to Microsoft’s strategic direction. To win in the higher price tiers, we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences.”
He then mentioned about how Microsoft is planning to go forward with Nokia X smartphones. “In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs 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.”, the email said.
What could this mean to the future of Nokia X smartphones that run Android apps? Let us know what you think.