Nokia and Accenture have closed the agreement for Nokia to outsource Symbian software development and support activities to Accenture. Under the agreement, originally announced on June 22, 2011, Accenture will provide Symbian-based software development and support services to Nokia at least until 2016 and also become the preferred supplier for Nokia in its transition to Windows Phone. Following the close, approximately 2,300 employees from China, Finland, India, the United Kingdom and the United States will be transferred from Nokia to Accenture. Accenture will work with Avanade, a technology service company that is majority-owned by Accenture and focuses on Microsoft technologies, to provide further services to Nokia.
What next, Nokia?
Nokia earlier mentioned that the company was focused on growing its business in mobility and embedded software with Windows Phone 7 being their primary OS. On the other hand, the addition of these skilled technologists and engineers to Accenture will definitely help strengthen Accenture’s capabilities in the mobile phone genre. However, keeping in mind this announcement, what’s unclear yet, is that Nokia's still marketing its new Symbian Belle devices on a war footing in India. Yes, Belle looks promising, but please treat us to some Mango juice as well.