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Nokia Sells Off Qt Licensing And Services To Digia

Nokia has decided to sell its Qt commercial licensing and services business to Digia, the two companies have revealed.

The Finnish mobile maker had acquired Qt when it purchased Norway based Trolltech for $153 million. The technology allows software developers to create applications once, which can then work across multiple platforms.

Nokia chief executive Stephen Elop's recent anouncement that the company would be moving away from the Symbian platform to focus primarily on Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS, signalled that Qt might not feature in Nokia's long term plans.

Digia senior vice president Harri Paani said in a statement, "We are excited to extend our Qt business to serve our new customers. Building on our in-depth Qt expertise and experience from demanding mission critical solutions, we will offer world-class commercial licensing and support services to Qt Commercial customers."

"We also look forward to driving further the evolution of Qt by bringing in new features and services," he added.

The company will be taking care of Qt’s licensing business, offering products and services to more than 3,500 companies. The deal will additionally see 19 Nokia employees with experience of Qt joining Digia.