Microsoft and Nokia are both playing catch-up when it comes to the smartphone market (to Apple and Google's Android, the dominant smartphone platforms). As part of Microsoft and Nokia's strategic joint-venture, the two companies in May announced a $24 million (18 million Euro) funding program for developers, to spur them into building apps for Windows Phone and Nokia Symbian smartphone operating systems.
On Wednesday, Microsoft again promoted the program, called "AppCampus," headquartered in Aalto University in Finland. As Todd Brix, Microsoft's Senior Director of Windows Phone Apps Team, wrote in an official Microsoft blog post:
More than 1,500 applications from 85 countries have been submitted already, and we're still looking for more great apps. In fact, AppCampus is partnering with many top-tier startup programs and event organizers to reach promising mobile startups around the world.
Interested developers can apply here.
(H/T: The Next Web)