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Microsoft’s lack of urgency towards updates and applications starting to frustrate Nokia

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It has been well over two years since Nokia adopted Microsoft’s new (at the time) Windows Phone operating system to replace their ageing Symbian, later renamed Belle, operating system. After two years of uphill battles, Nokia is finally starting to show some rewards albeit minor ones, but sadly Microsoft doesn’t seem to share the same enthusiasm over their mobile offering as Nokia does.

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In a recent interview with the International Business Times, Nokia’s Vice President of Application Development, Bryan Biniak, has criticized Microsoft over their slow updates to the Windows Phone operating system, leaving Nokia to create updates of their own, the latest being called the ‘Amber’ update. Biniak goes on to mention that they are trying to drill a sense of urgency into Microsoft, who only cares about the end of year financial results, as Biniak notes “waiting until the end of your fiscal year when you need to close your targets, doesn’t do us any good when I have phones to sell today.”

He goes on to say “we are releasing new devices frequently and for every new device, if there is an app that somebody cares about that’s not there that’s a missed opportunity of a sale.” He vents frustration to Microsoft’s lack of applications, and getting applications, on the platform, but says that he believes by the end of the year it will be more difficult for “people will be hard-pressed to say ‘[Windows Phone] doesn’t have this app.” Is Instagram one of those applications, only time will tell I guess…

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Written by Dion Guillaume

July 29th, 2013 at 10:00 am