Microsoft and Nokia to Invest $24M In App Ecosystem
Microsoft and Nokia today pledged to contribute $23.88 million to a new mobile application development program at Aalto University. The goal of the investment is to help spur the creation of mobile applications for the Windows Phone, Symbian, and Series 40 ecosystems. The new AppCampus within Aalto University will offer "support, training in mobile technology, design and usability, and funding to create innovative new mobile apps and services." Nokia and Microsoft believe the program will attract developers from around the world. The program will commence in May of this year.
Microsoft Wallet Gains Tap-to-Pay Functionality
Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Wallet app and gave Lumia smartphone owners the ability to make mobile payments at supporting retailers. Windows Mobile has long included a Wallet app, but until today it was reserved for loyalty cards and other retail programs.
Microsoft Open-Sources iOS App Porting Tool
Microsoft today said its Windows Bridge for iOS application is moving to open source. Windows Bridge is the tool developers need to port iOS apps to the Windows platform.
Nokia Pins Smartphone Comeback on HMD Global
Nokia today said it plans to return to the smartphone business during the first half of 2017 through its partnership with HMD Global. HMD Global recently completed a series of transactions between HMD, FIH Mobile Limited, and Microsoft that will allow it to make phones bearing the Nokia brand.
Nokia Will Design and License Phones Beginning In 2016
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said the company will tackle the mobile phone industry again once its non-compete clause with Microsoft expires next year. Nokia no longer owns any manufacturing facilities and will not make its own phones.