Nokia is offering inducements to the MeeGo OS development team in an effort to keep them working on the project. Martyn Warwick reports.
It's hard to tell what's going on at Nokia.
We know that the company's new-ish Canadian-born CEO, Stephen Elop, so far untainted by the introspective Nordic matrix management system, adherence to which almost stopped the manufacturer in its tracks, is betting the corporate shirt on MIcrosoft's Windows Mobile OS platform for smartphones as he tries to save the Finnish company from itself, but what of the much-vaunted MeeGo?
Nokia is adamant that its first (and possibly last?) MeeGo handset, the N950, will launch "later this year" and is now offering various inducements, in the form of pay rises and bonuses, in an effort to keep together the team of MeeGo developers that are working on the device that will run the platform.
No doubt the the individual developers are getting twitchy and looking around for rather more assured and permanent employment so it will be interesting to see who stays and who goes and whether those that do opt to remain will be sufficient in number to get the work done on the N950 in time for it to be launched sometime in 2011, as so often promised.
Nokia, as usual, is keeping schtum and refuses to comment on all the reports and speculation in the Finnish media - so we can probably take it that there is truth in the rumours.
All that the company will say, through a trades union shop steward rather than the management, is that ""So far, only a few Meego developers have left or are leaving. The big majority is waiting to see what possibilities Nokia may offer them in the future."
That, of course, presupposes that Nokia actually has a future.
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