Nokia and Accenture has finalized an agreement to outsource Nokia’s Symbian development to Accenture. Accenture will handle Symbian software development and support for Nokia through 2016. As part of the arrangement, Nokia is transferring approximately 2,800 employees in China, Finland, India, United Kingdom and the United States to Accenture when the deal closes in October 2011.
Nokia and Microsoft announced a partnership in February to make Windows Phone as the principal operating system for Nokia’s upcoming smartphones. Accenture will also become the preferred supplier to Nokia on their transition to Windows Phone.
In April, Nokia announced that it will also lay off 4,000 employees by the end of 2012. Most of those cuts will occur in Denmark, Finland, and the U.K.
In addition to Windows Phone, Nokia is trying its luck with the Linux-based MeeGo operating system. Nokia has recently it’s the latest entry in its N-series smartphones, the Nokia N9, running MeeGo. [source]