元器件交易网讯 2月24日消息，据外媒报道，继宣布今年晚些时候推出新一代Window Phone设备之后，MWC 2014期间，微软又宣布将与高通联手合作扩大手机市场，推动降低手机成本吸引低价市场和更多合作伙伴。
降低Windows Phone成本是开拓尚未开发的市场的关键，在欠发达国家地区提供较低层的解决方案赢得市场竞争。产品的转变为微软带来新合作伙伴，它宣布与LG和联想以及其它很多公司合作。Windows Phone现在在全球移动市场排名第三，在转型之前，该公司只关注高端移动设备。（元器件交易网董蕾 译）
With the announcement of the next Windows Phone update coming later this year, Microsoft has teamed with Qualcomm in order to expand access to phone creation during a session at Mobile World Congress. The company is pushing to bring the cost of their phones down to appeal to lower priced markets while attracting more partners.
To help appeal to partners wishing to build Windows Phone, the software company has introduced a web portal to give developers information on the building process and information on the operating system itself. A reference design program is now offered as well to help handset companies get a start with an OEM phone with all the necessary parts already designed into it.
According to CNet, the hardware changes that will help drive down the cost of the devices includes the ability to use of different chipsets from Qualcomm, such as ones without LTE capabilities, and improved usage with SD cards. The previous requirement for the three physical buttons on the front of the phone and a camera button has been removed. However, Microsoft declined to comment if there would be a change in licensing fees for developers.
Lowering the cost of the Windows Phone is key to helping open up markets untapped before in less-developed countries and with lower tier solutions for better market competition. The shift in offerings bring new partners to the table for Microsoft, which announced LG and Lenovo as partners well as a hand full of other companies. With the Windows Phone now ranked as third in the mobile market, the shift comes at a time when the company has focused only on high end mobile devices.