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Microsoft and Nokia to Spend Millions on Special AppCampus

Compared to Apple and Google, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 was a little late to the game. The OS is lagging in terms of apps and for a platform to really be successful, there needs to be enough of a development community to ensure continued growth. Today Microsoft and Nokia announced plans to grow their develop communities with 'AppCampus.'

The two companies today announced that as part of a partnership with Finland's Aalto University, they have each pledged up to €9 million (a cumulative total of approximately $24 million USD) towards the development of a new mobile application development program called AppCampus. Set to continue for three years, the program aims to create new, self-sustaining mobile start-ups and will foster the creation of innovative mobile applications for Windows Phone, Symbian, and Series 40.

"AppCampus offers an unprecedented opportunity for entrepreneurs to put their ideas into practice and create world-class mobile products," said Klaus Holse, president, Microsoft Western Europe. "We want to turn a new leaf in the mobile industry and foster Finland’s role as a center of excellence for mobile technology. Such investment into early-stage concepts has rarely been seen in this sector, and this demonstrates how highly both Nokia and Microsoft value Finnish mobile expertise."

Participants will be mentored by industry veterans who will provide business coaching to aid in the commercialization of their ideas and 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 distribute the apps to consumers around the world via their respective app stores.

If you're a mobile entrepreneur and you want to apply for the AppCampus program, hit up http://appcampus.aalto.fi.

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  • obiown77
    Be the first to comment on this news!
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  • __-_-_-__
    microsoft/Elop plan to destroy Nokia is going well.
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  • burnley14
    I wish nothing but the best for Windows phone. I loved Nokia phones back when I had them, and I enjoy using Windows-based devices, but the lack of apps is really killing them. This seems like a good idea to help catch up their app development, hopefully they become a true competitor as a result.
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  • robochump
    Only reason MS can even attempt to 'catch up' is because it is fortunate enough to have the funds to do so. Apple over a course of a decade has built the infrastructure it enjoys today for its developers and consumers. Apple also developed the blue print of the App market so that will automatically reduce costs otherwise would have been used to come up with the idea in the first place. MS can accelerate the process and hopefully be competitive because that will eventually favor the consumers.
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  • schwizer
    Maybe they shouldn't charge $100 for a developer account to submit apps on WP7?
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  • Lewis57
    schwizerMaybe they shouldn't charge $100 for a developer account to submit apps on WP7?
    Isn't that Apple? I have a developer account, but maybe because I set it up as a student it's free? I don't know.
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  • dameon51
    Windows 7 phone, awesome... Symbian.... give me a break already.
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  • jhansonxi
    dameon51Windows 7 phone, awesome... Symbian.... give me a break already.The continued support of Symbian is interesting. I can't tell if it is being used as a backup plan if their WP7 investment fails or if it's just because feature phones can't handle even a stripped=down WP7. I was really surprised about Symbian being used in their high-resolution camera phone.
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  • kooldj
    i see nokia going merger with ms soon
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  • Bloob
    robochumpOnly reason MS can even attempt to 'catch up' is because it is fortunate enough to have the funds to do so. Apple over a course of a decade has built the infrastructure it enjoys today for its developers and consumers. Apple also developed the blue print of the App market so that will automatically reduce costs otherwise would have been used to come up with the idea in the first place. MS can accelerate the process and hopefully be competitive because that will eventually favor the consumers.Nokia had an app market for the Ncage before Apple btw.
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