Nokia officially spins off Symbian

Nokia’s operating system, Symbian, has officially left the building. 

Following an agreement earlier this year to spin off the ailing OS to developers at Accenture, the deal has finally closed. It will see some 2,300 employees worldwide forced into the clutches of Accenture. They will make their move from China, Finland, India, the UK and the US.

The murmurs we’ve heard about Accenture tend to be that it’s not exactly a joy to work for. Although it has financial might and is rooted in the major markets, critics say it’s not a hive of innovation or activity.

Accenture claims it will provide and support Symbian software development to Nokia up until 2016. With the announcement, at last, of Nokia’s first Windows phone hitting the wires this week, it seems Accenture’s involvement will be very much a transitional phase.

In a statement, chief exec at Accenture Marty Cole said the business will grow in mobility and embedded software. Cole also said it will work with Avanade, a spin-off that Accenture has a majority shares of, to keep a close eye on developing Microsoft technologies which it will also give to Nokia.

Specifically, a Nokia spokesperson told TechEye that from the 27th of April it announced plans for a “strategic collaboration with Accenture that would result in the transfer of Nokia’s Symbian software activities.” 

“This activity covers the update and development of the Symbian software platform that is used in various models of our current product range,” the spokesperson continued. “So specifically Accenture supplies software support and development.”

We asked if Nokia will be a customer up until 2016 or if it just has the option of being a customer until then, but have not received a reply at time of publication.