updated 02:50 pm EDT, Mon March 26, 2012
Nokia, Microsoft fund apps development program
In the hopes of building up the app ecosystem for the Windows Phone platform in the long term, both Microsoft and Nokia on Monday have pledged to commit 9 million euros (about $12m) each to a new developer program at Finland's Aalto University. Called AppCampus, the project aims to attract budding and established developers for the ecosystem. The program will also result in apps for Nokia's Symbian and Series 40 platforms.
Those who make it into the program will retain full rights to their intellectual property and will be mentored by industry veterans. The program will kick off in May, and those who fund it plan to keep it going for three years at this time.
The developers in the program will benefit from support, training in mobile technology, design and usability, and funding that will help them create new mobile apps and services.