Microsoft joins wireless charging group, Power Matters Alliance

A few weeks ago, the Wireless Power Consortium, which supports the Qi standard used in many of Nokia's smartphones, announced that Microsoft had become a full member. Now a rival group, the Power Matters Alliance, has revealed Microsoft is now also a member of their organization.

Powermat Technologies is a co-founder of the Power Matters Alliance.

The press release states that one of the benefits of membership in the PMA is getting access to  "specifications for advanced wireless charging features." One of the co-founders of the group is Powermat Technologies, which famously offers third party wireless power solutions for smartphones.

So why is Microsoft a member of two wireless charging technology groups, each with their own standards? The likely reason is that the company wants a front seat to shape the standards that will eventually be set for wireless power. Eventually, one standard will win out and when that happens it will come with some guidance from Microsoft.

Source: Power Matters Alliance

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The likely reason is that the company wants a front seat to shape the standards that will eventually be set for wireless power. Eventually, one standard will win out and when that happens it will come with some guidance from Microsoft.

Money.

Crimson Rain said,
I have to ask...why?

Why pick a side that might lose when you can pick both sides and be a winner no matter what?

Crimson Rain said,
I have to ask...why?

Because they're an OS developer whose products will have to support whichever standard OEMs implement, so being able to steer the direction on both sides will be a win for all consumers.

Good for all the PMA phones released by OEMS these days. They better don't screw up Nokia Phones with this standard. ATT already screwed their customers with the 1520

-adrian- said,
Good for all the PMA phones released by OEMS these days. They better don't screw up Nokia Phones with this standard. ATT already screwed their customers with the 1520

obviously they will change it .. if want to drop 7.2 billion you can do what ever you want