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Finnish mobile phone manufacturer has recently announced to withdraw its support for the Symbian and MeeGo operating system by the end of this year.
Moreover, Nokia's developers support team sent out an e-mail to the saying that they would not be allowed to continue distributing MeeGo or Symbian applications through the Ovi Store from January 1st , 2014 onwards.
The manufacturer who is milking on its Windows Phone devices for quite some time, could have probably thought of putting more focus on its current popular platform.
This could be the first adverse impact, of the pending Microsoft acquisition of Nokia, towards the Nokia customers. The first hurtful move would specially impact the ones who have been supporting Nokia from the time of Symbian platform.
Somewhat like a 3 months ultimatum that Nokia has sent out to developers says that they won't be able to publish the apps or update them from January 1, 2014 onwards. But customers will be able to download the apps and updates which are already published in the Ovi store.
Further, Nokia also says that the developers will still continue to receive revenue for published apps. Thus it is hight time for developers to publish new apps as early as possible.
However, the move is not a surprising one, because even Intel dropped its support for MeeGo platform similarly, more than a year ago. There are countless loyal fans out there still using the handsets running on same platform, thus Nokia's move will definitely having some adverse impact on the company. Moreover, Nokia obviously has access to the traffic and download stats for their Stores, so will be aware of the reactions of users using the Store for third party applications.