Feeds

MS opens South Korea phone R&D lab

Seoul searching

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Application security programs and practises

Microsoft has opened its first mobile technology R&D facility outside the US, setting up shop in Seoul to tap local software expertise.

The South Korea Mobile Innovation Lab will be funded to the tune of $30m over the next three years, the software giant said, local newspaper the JoongAng Daily reports. Some 30 staff are expected to join the facility, ten from the US and the rest recruited locally.

The South Korean government is not contributing to the cost of the Lab's foundation, the report noted, although the country's Information Minister said it supports Microsoft's move.

The MIL will develop new handset designs and mobile applications, and build closer ties with Korean hardware manufacturers. It's not clear at this stage to what extent the Lab will focus solely on the Korean market, or will develop technology with a wider applicability.

Either way, the move paves the way for further MIL foundations in the region, increasingly the focus of mobile phone development, particularly around Microsoft's own Windows Mobile operating system and its arch-rival, Linux. ®

Related stories

Dampig Trojan menaces Symbian mobiles
Review: Nokia 9300 Communicator
Vodafone preps 3G, Wi-Fi palmtop smart phone
Coming soon: the sub-$50 mobile
Microsoft punts telco platform
MS, Nokia in Valentine's Day headline bid
Orange preps latest own-brand smart phones

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs
Zero, not infinity, is the Magic Number customers want
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Faster? Not yet. Cheaper? No data
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.