London – Nokia (NYSE: NOK) announced on Friday that it will discontinue
development on its flagship Symbian mobile operating system, and partner with
Microsoft (NASD: MSFT) to use the company’s Windows Mobile 7 software on future handsets. The
company also said it will use Microsoft’s Bing as the default search engine on
Nokia phones, while its mobile applications store will be folded in Microsoft
"Today, developers, operators and consumers want compelling
mobile products, which include not only the device, but the software, services,
applications and customer support that make a great experience," said recently-appointed
Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop.
The company also announced that it has
appointed consultant and Microsoft veteran Chris Weber as president of Nokia
Inc. (US) and head of markets for North America.
The company’s decision to kill
its Symbian operating system did not go over well in its home country of
Finland, where a reported more than 1,000 employees walked out in protest, VentureBeat reported, citing the local Helsingin Santomat.
year, Symbian-based handsets led the global market with a 36.6% share, to
Android’s 25.5% and Apple’s 16.7%, according to Gartner.