Microsoft announces 2 new partners for Windows Phone: Micromax and Prestigio

Microsoft announces 2 new partners for Windows Phone: Micromax and Prestigio
Joe Belfiore, the head of the Windows Phone group at Microsoft, just went on stage to unveil the new Windows Phone 8.1, and one of the first news that he treated us to is that Microsoft's mobile platform is getting two new partners: Micromax and Prestigio. 

Those two companies might not ring a bell for most of you, but they are big in emerging markets. Actually, Micromax is one of the biggest phone makers in India, the world's second most populous nations.

Belfiore had a Windows Phone 8.1 device from both Micromax and Prestigio, but the devices are not yet final. The two companies will be releasing Windows Phone smartphones in the coming months.

Image courtesy of TheVerge.

Image courtesy of TheVerge.

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13 Comments

1. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Micromax will no doubt release excellent Windows phones at affordable prices. Go Micromax!

6. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They are exclusive to India.

2. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

wow!!3 Indian partners!!cool

3. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Looking forward to seeing some WP flavored handsets from Micromax.

4. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Goodbye WP8.1! I can clearly see that Microsoft wants quantity rather than quality.

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

LOL... someone missed out on the news of the Lumia 930...

8. AppleHateBoy unregistered

I was referring to MS partnering with Micromax. I wanted WP to be limited to quality OEMs like Samsung and Nokia, not s**tty companies like Micromax and Lava who don't give a f**k about their customers. I know because I am an Indian and I have seen how they treat their customers.

9. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Well I get it... but you cannot say goodbye to an entire OS because of one partnership. Also sh**ty is a relative term. You may not like Micromax, but your neighbor, friend, person across the globe may find a device they make appealing. I, for one, am not thrilled with Smasung. But that's jut me.

10. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Only an ignorant person can like Micromax. I wish all Indians could see past their devices (which are no doubt great for the price) and see how rotten their After Sales Services are.

11. harshitgoel96

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Well I love Micromax, well if u think about after sales services, only Nokia is still holding good on that part, Even Samsung has S**ttyy service. Apart from that Devices are the first thing to worry about. Most of the time you dont need to go for after sales service from any Vendor. This holds true for all the phones. Samsung sell two different models of there galaxy devices, the one for GLOBAL crowd and one for 3g only crowd at the same price. Search for " Indian galaxy s5 slower than global version " on google and have a read.. can not post URL due to a new account. JUST TO ADD: Microsoft has a MINIMUM STANDARD requirement for a device to run the Windows Phone OS. This is the reason windows phone OS is so responsive. And I dont think Microsoft is going to change those requirements. hence the quality of the device will not dive as you think

13. AppleHateBoy unregistered

"Microsoft has a MINIMUM STANDARD requirement for a device to run the Windows Phone OS."Minimum standard for After Sales service?? No they don't. For God's sake stop whining about the S5 Octa. It hasn't even been released yet. Talk about it after it comes out. Don't talk with rumors as reference. You clearly are a MMX fanboy. You completely missed the words "After Sales". I am speaking from experience. My family has like 10 Galaxy phones on total and not one of them has a major issue.

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

An independent Nokia would have continued to trump them all...SMH...

12. harshitgoel96

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Nokia definatly would have, but the time would have been long and Windows Phone could not due to stiff market hold by Android.

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