Microsoft, Nokia give $1 million to Windows Phone developers

In March, Microsoft and Nokia announced plans to launch AppCampus, a mobile application development program based at Aalto University, located in Nokia's home country of Finland. At the time, the two companies said they will spend over 9 million euros (about $12 million) each over the next three years to fund the AppCampus program.

Now, TechCrunch reports that Microsoft and Nokia have given out the first $1 million in their AppCampus program to 36 smartphone developers. Pekka Sivonen, the head of the AppCampus programs, said that the apps that have been funded by this program will start showing up in October for Windows Phone devices and "other Nokia platforms". The apps will be exclusive to those smartphone devices for six months.

While the full list of apps that have been funded by AppCampus has yet to be released, one of them is a job search program, while another is made especially for kids to help measure their blood sugar.

This new app development and start up funding project will certainly will help Microsoft in filling out its Windows Phone Marketplace with new apps, which is still lacking in numbers behind the iOS and Android numbers.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via AppCampus

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Good they finally realized that apps (quality ones) are more important than those stupid campaigns such as amazing everyday or inner circle or.....

andrewbares said,
$27,700 per developer they better have built 10 apps cause that's a rip off otherwise!

that's not even enough to pay for 3 developers for 2 months worth of work. To say nothing of graphic design or overhead.

greenwizard88 said,

that's not even enough to pay for 3 developers for 2 months worth of work. To say nothing of graphic design or overhead.

An app that *helps* kids measure their bloods sugar is NOT worth $2,700. You'll find plenty of developers that would write that for $400.

Job search app? Assuming it's just using an existing online system, probably $600. I doubt they would have created their own entire online system for that.

Pekka Sivonen, the head of the AppCampus programs, said that the apps that have been funded by this program will start showing up in October for Windows Phone devices and "other Nokia platforms".

I can't help but think that "other Nokia platforms" are going to be Windows 8/RT tablets.