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Finnish firm Jolla eyeing Nokia laid off workers

Finnish mobile company Jolla is interested in hiring Nokia employees, who have been laid off by Microsoft which has acquired the mobile manufacturer.

‘What comes to the Microsoft job cuts: majority of our employees have a Nokia background, and we are always interested in new talent,’ Jolla Head of Communications Juhani Lassilasaid.

In July, Microsoft has announced slashing about 18,000 of its workforce over period of next year. This biggest job cut in the history of Microsoft included about 12,500 employees of Nokia devices and services which it acquired for $7.2 billion in April this year.

Some employees of Nokia devices, now Microsoft Devices Group, in India will also lose job as result of this announcement.

Jolla is a mobile handset company formed by a team of ex-Nokia employees who were working on a new mobile platform 'Meego' which was dumped by Nokia in 2011 under the leadership of then CEO Stephen Elop. Nokia in mid-2011 had unveiled only one phone-Nokia N9 on Meego in partnership with computer chip giant Intel.

Jolla has announced that it will soon launch its smartphone with e-commerce company Snapdeal. The company already has some advance orders from India.
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