Nokia Asha and Nokia X series are no more, Microsoft lays off over 18,000 Nokia staff
Microsoft has announced the untimely death of the Nokia X Family and also the demise of all Asha phone series.
The Redmond PC giant acquired Nokia earlier this year and are taking drastic measures to put the falling Finnish house into place.
The Nokia X, Nokia X+, Nokia XL and lately, the Nokia X2 were all announced this year running on Android OS but now Microsoft says it will no longer allow Nokia to make new models of these phones, stating that the Nokia X lineup will be absorbed into the the Windows Phone ecosystem.
Microsoft has also ended the run of of Asha phones. The Asha brand had been a foothold for Nokia in the feature phone market during the recent years. But now, it’s all dead and gone.
“Whereas successful hardware was the goal at Nokia; delighting our customers with Microsoft platforms, services and applications through our hardware is our goal at Microsoft,” a Microsoft spokesperson said to disappointed journalists.
Whereas Microsoft will still support production for the already existing models of the Asha and Nokia X models, the company sounded very keen to terminate the production of new models.
Finally, just as we told you yesterday, Microsoft has finally announced the sack of 18,000 workers from Nokia work places around the world. Some 1000 of these workers were etched out from Nokia’s home, Finland.