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Nokia Sells Qt Software to Digia: 125 Staff to Move to New Owners

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Nokia has signed a deal to sell its Qt software business to Finland based Digia for an undisclosed amount. The sale follows on from Digia's acquisition of the Qt Commercial licensing business from Nokia in March 2011.

The Qt framework software is used in a number of applications including Adobe Photoshop's Elements, VLC, Skype and Autodesk. The Opera web browser also uses Qt, but only as an interface to the Linux platform.

As part of the transaction, a maximum of 125 Qt people from Nokia will transfer to Digia, mostly based in Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany. 

Following the acquisition Digia becomes responsible for all the Qt activities formerly carried out by Nokia. These include product development, as well as the commercial and open source licensing and service business.

Following the acquisition, Digia said that it plans to quickly enable Qt on Android, iOS and Windows 8 platforms. Digia added that it will work with users to secure a successful release of Qt5 and is committed to continuing the Qt Project in order to maintain Qt's availability under both open source and commercial licenses.

"Nokia is proud of the contributions we've made to Qt over the past four years. We are pleased that we've been able to work with Digia to secure continued development of Qt by the current core team," said Sebastian Nyström, head of Nokia Strategy. "Digia's plans to acquire Qt mean that it can continue as a successful open source project and also offer continuing employment for many people in the community."

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