Nokia has said that it will still release MeeGo devices even though it’s just announced a broad strategic partnership with Microsoft.

In a statement issued to Pocket-lint, the company said:

“With Nokia's planned move to Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform, Symbian becomes a franchise platform, leveraging previous investments to harvest additional value. This strategy recognises the opportunity to retain and transition the installed base of 200 million Symbian owners. Nokia expects to sell approximately 150 million more Symbian devices in the years to come.

“Under the new strategy, MeeGo becomes an open-source, mobile operating system project. MeeGo will place increased emphasis on longer-term market exploration of next-generation devices, platforms and user experiences. Nokia still plans to ship a MeeGo-related product later this year.

“In feature phones, Nokia unveiled a renewed strategy to leverage its innovation and strength in growth markets to connect the next billion people to their first Internet and application experience.”

The move will be welcomed by open-source fans and developers who’ve spent the last year working on the new platform that is yet to see a mainstream release from a major manufacturer.

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