Nokia is selling its open source Qt development tools to Finnish software company Digia. That should be welcome news for developers who rely on the cross-platform development framework. Qt’s future has been somewhat uncertain since Nokia announced it was transitioning to Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but Digia plans to revitalize Qt.
Digia had previously purchased the commercial Qt licensing business from Nokia, so acquiring the rest of the Qt technology made sense for them. In addition to continuing support for mobile development, Digia plans to beef up Qt’s desktop capabilities and says it will add support for Windows 8. “We are looking forward to welcoming the Qt team to Digia. By adding this world-class organization to our existing team we plan to build the next generation leading cross-platform development environment,” said Digia’s Tommi Laitinen. “Now is a good time for everyone to revisit their perception of Qt. Digia’s targeted R&D investments will bring back focus on Qt’s desktop and embedded platform support, while widening the support for mobile operating systems.”