Microsoft joins Wireless Power Consortium to support Qi standard

Microsoft has finally joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a group that contains over 200 members and supports the Qi technology standard for the wireless charging of devices. Qi is the same standard that Nokia uses for charging a number of its Lumia smartphones wirelessly.

The Nokia Lumia 1520 is one of many smartphones that support wireless charging via the Qi standard.

The addition of Microsoft to the WPC is to be expected as the company is supposed to purchase Nokia's Devices and Services division before the end of the month. Nokia has heavily promoted the fact that many of its higher end Lumia smartphones that run on Windows Phone can be charged wirelessly. It's more than likely that Microsoft will continue to offer that kind of support when Nokia's hardware group is in their hands.

Other members of the WPC include Samsung, Motorola, HTC, BlackBerry and Qualcomm. There are two other groups, the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), that current support competing standards. However, the consensus is that over time the groups will work together so that in the end there will be one standard for wireless charging.

Source: WPC via PRNewswire | Image via Nokia

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How about some wireless charging Surface tablets now eh, Microsoft? And incorporate it into the Xbox controllers too while you're at it.

Hopefully they'll liberate At&t from having the choice to remove features like Qi charging in future releases. I'm surprised they agreed to it with the 1520.

That's wonderful, that means that all future Lumias or whatever Microsoft is going to design is going to be with Qi support. The 1520, only the international version have Qi... my AT&T version does not have it. The losers removed this capability... hate AT&T.

-adrian- said,
also just one other windows phone has it - the 920

And 928, and 822, and the 820, and the icon, and the 1020 (with cover) and the 925 (same deal), and you can get a cover for the 720 as well.

siah1214 said,

And 928, and 822, and the 820, and the icon, and the 1020 (with cover) and the 925 (same deal), and you can get a cover for the 720 as well.

Okay - I forgot the Verizon exclusive 928. The rest needed an extra Shell doing it. A cover is not really supporting it. I cant say my car has 1000 Break horsepower.. by just adding 2 really big turbo chargers

-adrian- said,

Okay - I forgot the Verizon exclusive 928. The rest needed an extra Shell doing it. A cover is not really supporting it. I cant say my car has 1000 Break horsepower.. by just adding 2 really big turbo chargers

My 8X has it built in.

macoman said,
That's wonderful, that means that all future Lumias or whatever Microsoft is going to design is going to be with Qi support. The 1520, only the international version have Qi... my AT&T version does not have it. The losers removed this capability... hate AT&T.

So do the Nokia ones; the issue is the US carriers: AT&T with no QI, Verizon with no Glance etc.
Hopefully MS will have the determination to flex its muscles and end this pathetic exclusives and devices butchering.... Hopefully...