Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
(photo credit: Bloomberg)
The Microsoft Israel R&D Center is working with Nokia Ltd. to develop
applications for Nokia’s mobile platform. Microsoft Corporation’s
alliance with Nokia has not yet resulted in Nokia phones with the Windows Phone
7 operating system, but the companies are seeking to encourage the development
of applications. The objective is to offer a large number of applications
concurrent with the launch of devices in late 2011 or early 2012.
Microsoft Israel R&D Center and Nokia are holding Applications Week for
Israeli developers to use Windows Phone 7. Ten start-ups are already
participating and will meet top Microsoft Windows Phone executives. The five
winners will receive a £40,000 grant to exhibit their products at the Microsoft
applications store in the UK.
The start-ups include Lucky7 Labs, which
has developed a voice operated space game; Home Radio, which is offering an
application for listening to radio stations from all over the world; and
Triapode, which has developed an application search engine,
“It takes time to develop applications, and we don’t want to
wait,” Microsoft Israel VP strategy and business development Tzahi Weissfeld
Although Microsoft has approached Israeli applications developers,
it will have to work harder than Google Inc. or Apple Inc. to persuade
them to develop applications for Windows Phone, because Window Phone-operated
cellphones are rare in Israel; Israeli mobile carriers do not sell them, and
Windows Phone has no Hebrew support.
“The objective of Applications Week
is to introduce the platform to developers,” Weissfeld said. “Hebrew will come
as basic support of the system and not as a supplement,