Ex-Microsoft and current CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop would say that deeming Symbian dead is not completely true in the short-term as the company is still planning to release 150 million devices using the platform, but long-term is what matters most to developers as well as to many users. And long-term is where Symbian seems dead. To support this, Elop showed a sad presentation slide for every Nokia fan and QT developer out there.
Symbian mobile devices are represented by a steep downward curve. On the second slide you will see how scary big of a chunk Symbian R&D was in Nokia's portfolio. And even sadder is its complete evaporation in the long-term where all the R&D investment by Nokia will be distributed among Windows Phone and the Mobile Phone Platforms (presumably S40). What will this mean for Nokia? Well, we will let the market speak – Nokia shares slipped more than 10% in pre-market. But there is certainly hope and excitement around the “three horse race” ahead of us including Apple, Google and Windows Phone, so let's wait and see if this time, Nokia and Microsoft get it right.