Microsoft and Nokia Join Forces: Can They Challenge Leading Smartphones?

Nokia Microsoft PartnershipOn February 10 2011 and a couple of days after Nokia’s CEO revealed in an internal memo that the company is a crossroads and that a new smartphone strategy is necessary, Microsoft and Nokia announced plans for a broad strategic partnership. The partnership that makes Windows Phone 7 Nokia’s primary smartphone platform, and also extends into many other Microsoft services such as Bing, Xbox Live and Office should result in significant benefits for consumers, developers, mobile operators and businesses around the world.

Nokia and Microsoft intend to jointly create market-leading mobile products and services designed to offer consumers, operators and developers unrivalled choice and opportunity. As each company would focus on its core competencies, the partnership would create the opportunity for rapid time to market execution. Additionally, Nokia and Microsoft plan to work together to integrate key assets and create completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new markets.

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QR Codes: Where and How to Use Them?

chart-qr-youssef-kassabBar codes have become widely popular because of their reading speed, accuracy, and superior functionality characteristics. 2D Code emerged in response to the need of storing more information, more character types, and that could be printed in a smaller space.

The QR code is a matrix two dimensional barcode. It carries meaningful information in the both vertical and horizontal directions. It can carry up to several hundred times the amount of data carried by an ordinary bar code.

QR is the abbreviation for Quick Response, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. Continue reading QR Codes: Where and How to Use Them?