Microsoft to begin transition for 'classic' Nokia phones to Opera app store and browser

Since acquiring Nokia's devices and services business last year, Microsoft has been gradually making significant changes, laying off thousands of workers, launching new devices, and dropping products that don't align with its long-term strategy.

Last July, Microsoft announced that it was killing off its Nokia X, Asha and Series 40 devices to focus on more affordable Windows Phones. Just a few weeks later, it signaled the end of the road for its Xpress Browser, and revealed that it would be replaced by Opera Mini on all Nokia X, Series 40, Series 60, Symbian and Asha handsets.

Since then, however, things have been a bit quiet. But today, Microsoft finally delivered an update on its plans, confirming that the transition to Opera will begin this month. Owners of these 'classic' Nokia handsets will soon "start to see messages about how to make the switch".

The 'switch' refers not just to the change to Opera Mini from Nokia's Xpress Browser - which will be officially dropped later this year - but also to the phasing out of the Nokia Store on these devices. Given that Microsoft has no interest in maintaining an app store for dead-end platforms, it is closing the Nokia Store on March 31.

"In the coming weeks," Microsoft says, "we'll help you make a smooth transition and continue to enjoy access to thousands and thousands of apps when Opera Mobile Store becomes the default for classic Nokia phones."

In the meantime, you can hit the source links below for some extra info from Microsoft on the changes, and what they will mean for you and your device.

More info: Opera Mini browser FAQs | Opera Mobile Store FAQs

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