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In a recent mail to his employees, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella announced that Microsoft would be reducing the size of its overall workforce by up to 18,000 jobs in the next year. In the same mail, he also said that Microsoft plans to shift ‘select’ Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows Phone.

So why the change? In Nadella’s words, “This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.”

You might recall, Nokia’s X phones promised to blend two operating systems, Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Google’s Android, into one that maintained the core functionality of Android while providing services and designs from Windows Phone. It was said to be lowly priced to target consumers in developing countries like India. The idea was that once Nokia X users became ready for higer-end phones, Nokia’s own Lumia lineup would be their first choice since they were already accustomed to Nokia services.

Satya Nadella

During the implementation, in order to keep Microsoft at the heart of the phone, Nokia X replaced many key Android services with Microsoft’s own. For example, Google Maps was replaced by Nokia’s Here Maps. This actually prevented a lot of Android applications to run on Nokia X devices. Developers had to rewrite many applications to get them working on the X. Further, the home screen on the X looked nothing like Android. Rather, it resembled the tile layout of Windows Phone.

Nadella would like Microsoft to have a single, clear direction to progress, and the cancellation of the X lineup is a perfect example of that change in mentality. He and his company is shifting all his focus to Windows Phone.

It is important to note that by killing the X lineup, Microsoft isn’t shifting its focus from developing countries. It realizes that emerging markets like India are a perfect target for its cheaper models. The only change is that now, these cheaper models will come with pure Windows Phone preinstalled.

Another news for Nokia X owners is that Nokia will not be killing its support immediately. They have been put it into what Microsoft calls ‘maintenance mode’, which continues support, but ends any further development.

By Pranav Arora

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34 comments
VivekMisra
VivekMisra

Thank God Nokia left Android , after using Android, Windows and iOS , i can clearly say, Windows OS is by far the most impressive, I mean its smooth, No lags, design is not just some desktop icons put together, and the 8.1 with panorama style wallpaper is smashing, Limitation is there as to the no. of apps, but who needs to install a million apps, FB, Whatsapp, Twitter, Games, some shopping apps, do we need something more than that in a daily usage

VivekMisra
VivekMisra

Thank God Nokia left Android , after using Android, Windows and iOS , i can clearly say, Windows OS is by far the most impressive, I mean its smooth, No lags, design is not just some desktop icons put together, and the 8.1 with panorama style wallpaper is smashing, Limitation is there as to the no. of apps, but who needs to install a million apps, FB, Whatsapp, Twitter, Games, some shopping apps, do we need something more than that in a daily usage

Sri Ram Tarun
Sri Ram Tarun

Yeh tho hona hi tha!!! No offence in saying that Nokia is unfit for making android phones! But they are best in making windows and Symbian phones!

Sri Ram Tarun
Sri Ram Tarun

Yeh tho hona hi tha!!! No offence in saying that Nokia is unfit for making android phones! But they are best in making windows and Symbian phones!

Srijit Sen
Srijit Sen

Microsoft. Named after Bill gates sexual deformities.

Srijit Sen
Srijit Sen

Microsoft. Named after Bill gates sexual deformities.

Romelson Vicera
Romelson Vicera

Nokia X2 will probably be cancelled or will still continue but will become officially a windows phone.

Romelson Vicera
Romelson Vicera

Nokia X2 will probably be cancelled or will still continue but will become officially a windows phone.

Pankaj Salunkhe
Pankaj Salunkhe

That means now nokia x series phones will get windows os??

Pankaj Salunkhe
Pankaj Salunkhe

That means now nokia x series phones will get windows os??

Nishant Varun
Nishant Varun

Its all because of that stupid Trojan horse Elop. I hope he burns in hell for the damage he has done. Millions will lose their jobs cos of his horrible decisions. And we'll lose Nokia in a couple of years.

Nishant Varun
Nishant Varun

Its all because of that stupid Trojan horse Elop. I hope he burns in hell for the damage he has done. Millions will lose their jobs cos of his horrible decisions. And we'll lose Nokia in a couple of years.

Bikram Singh
Bikram Singh

They ruined a Company which was once the world's number one smartphone manufacturer.

Bikram Singh
Bikram Singh

They ruined a Company which was once the world's number one smartphone manufacturer.

Siddarth Nandakumar
Siddarth Nandakumar

Expected this from the very day they released the Nokia X (android like) series

Siddarth Nandakumar
Siddarth Nandakumar

Expected this from the very day they released the Nokia X (android like) series

Sovan Kundu
Sovan Kundu

Microsoft - a company which isn't sure of what they themselves want. they just keep playing with customers' trust as far as their mobile unit is concerned.

Sovan Kundu
Sovan Kundu

Microsoft - a company which isn't sure of what they themselves want. they just keep playing with customers' trust as far as their mobile unit is concerned.