Nokia, Microsoft to spend millions on apps

2012-03-27 08:27

Helsinki - Nokia and Microsoft plan to invest €18m ($24m) in promoting research into mobile applications for phones running Windows software and Nokia platforms.

Aalto University in Helsinki says the AppCampus programme will be launched at the university in May with each company investing up to €9m over the next three years.

Nokia Corp and Microsoft Corp launched their first joint Windows Phone 7 in October after the two joined forces to fight fierce competition in the smartphone sector from chief rivals Apple Inc's iPhone and Google Inc's Android operating software.

Teemu Tapanila, who heads the university's Windows Phone research, said the programme would help boost "entrepreneurship and create more start-ups".

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-27 09:30

    Through all the "Apple is best" shouting and screaming, I wouldn't trade my Lumia for any other phone, even my wife swipes it to play with at night, when I'm not looking.

  • - 2012-03-27 13:00

    Aside from only getting this started in the mobile network scheme of things, Microsoft are stupid. They should offer all their programs and previews for PC (IE, Outlook, Office components) separately on their own "Market" system... This is one of those cases where you should say: "Everyone else is doing it, why can't we?" And do it. Slow.

  • Marshall Ross - 2012-03-28 07:13

    About time.

  • pierrehenri.rossouw - 2012-05-11 13:11

    Too little, too late?

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