Nokia To Go Downmarket At MWC To Better Compete With Huawei And ZTE, Report Says
Windows Phone 8 is Nokia's big play for the future, but as a result of focusing on those devices and their higher-end target market, the company is giving up ground to firms like Huawei and ZTE with lower end devices. But the Finnish company may be looking to get its budget-friendly groove back with the introduction of new, basic handsets not based on Microsoft's mobile OS, to be unveiled at MWC next week according to Reuters.
Microsoft Ready To Address EU Antitrust Concerns
An anonymous reader sends this quote from a Reuters report: "Software giant Microsoft is ready to introduce measures that would address the European Union's antitrust concerns about users' ability to chose between different browsers, European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said on Saturday. EU antitrust regulators are investigating whether Microsoft blocks computer makers from installing rival web browsers on its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, following complaints from several companies. Almunia is in charge of antitrust enforcement at the European Commission. 'In my personal talks with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer he has given me assurances that they will comply immediately regardless of the conclusion of the anti trust probe,' Almunia said at an economic conference in northern Italy, adding that he considered the matter a 'very, very serious issue.'"
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The Nokia Asset Offload Continues: Qt Assets Go To Digia For ‘Fraction’ Of $150M Nokia Paid For It
More downsizing and rationalizing from troubled handset maker Nokia. Today, Finnish software company Digia, which bought the Qt commercial licensing operation a year ago, announced that it would buy the remainder of Nokia's Qt business. Qt is an open source development platform for Android, iOS and Windows 8 environments. The deal includes the transfer of software, technologies and 125 employees in Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany. The companies are not yet revealing a price at this stage, a spokesperson told TechCrunch. But a report at Reuters notes that it is just a "fraction" of the $150 million that Nokia paid in 2008 for Trolltech, the open source platform where Qt originated. The Qt platform has been used by some 450,000 developers to date across 70 industries in addition to mobile, including automotive, medical, and defense, Digia says.
Microsoft’s Greek Headquarters Attacked By Arsonists
[Insert distasteful joke here regarding Windows Phone 7 lack of upgrade path to WinPhone 8] Athens saw daylight a little earlier than normal today. At approximately 4:45 AM local time, arsonists rammed a van laden with gas cans into the front of Microsoft's Greek HQ and set it ablaze. According to a Reuters' report, the security guards were held at gunpoint, but also away from the fire. No one was injured in the attack.