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The 'Designed for Microsoft Lumia' program lets third-parties make official accessories for new Windows Phones

Microsoft announced the new Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550 smartphones earlier this week, and third-party companies such as Finland-based Mozo and Sweden-based Krusell have already been named as "official" case makers for those phones, complete with a "Designed for Microsoft Lumia" logo.

This new logo looks to be a legit program started by Microsoft to shuffle off accessory production from themselves to third-party companies on an official scale.

Krusell

However, so far Microsoft has not yet indicated it will offer its own cases for the new Lumia phones as it has with previous devices in the family. As MobileFun.co.uk points out, Microsoft has not yet listed any such cases on the official pages of the new Lumia smartphones.

Instead, Microsoft may have decided to abandon that part of the phone business in favor of giving "official" case licenses to third-parties. We have contacted Microsoft to see if we can get more information on their cases strategy for their new Lumias.

Meanwhile, Mozo says it will take pre-orders for its new Lumia cases soon on its website. Krussell is also showing off its cases for the phones on its site, including the Boras FolioWallet for the Lumia 950XL that's designed to also hold credit cards, and the Boden cover for the Lumia 950 that has a one-piece design made to quickly snap on the back of the phone.

Even better? Many of these cases will be Qi-enabled too. This solution essentially solves the "what about this color?" problem for potential customers. Microsoft offloading the risk of production and distribution to professionals is a good idea and inline with their current program of focusing on what they are good at.

What do you think? Is Microsoft taking the right approach here? Do you like what Krussel and Mozo have revealed so far? Sounds off in comments.

Source: Krussel, Mozo Accessories; Via MobileFun.co.uk

251 Comments
  • I like this idea.
  • Perfect approach for msft to take. Guess I will finally get my metal rimmed lumia phone :)
  • Agree. I like the official idea. Best case I ever had was the Nokia designed one for the Lumia 920. Perfect fit.
  • This is the best approach... style wise.
  • All, Correct me if I'm wrong... Wasn't this phone supposed to feature some type of "smartcover" that shows who's calling or something via Glance?
  • Maybe they'll launch that when wm10 is complete, along with new Skype and that feature. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I really miss that case, I bought 3 of them in different colours just to mix it up..
  • Yeah, omg, I want the L950XL again.
  • These cases transform the phones. From feeling a bit 'meh' about them after the leaks, I'm now seriously thinking it will be difficult for any Surface phone to look better than that brown leather one.
    Brilliant.
  • The best thing about some of them - they are not cases but replacement covers - thus not all adding bulk! :)
  • I love this idea too.
  • Indeed, this fixes at least one of the gripes! Although unfortunately can't fix the front, but already being able to have a metal(-covered plastic) rim and some other materials will at least give a better feel in the hand! Although I still think that if Surface phone comes out with similar design as Surface tablets, it will give Lumias with covers a run for its money.
  • Red, just red.
  • i think you mis-spelled yellow :)
  • YES! A metal rim was at the top of my wish list for the 950XL! I was dissapointed when the phones didnt have it. These are sexy! an absolute no-brainer for me. My contract is up for renewal with rogers (in canada) so a phone switch seemed like the stars had aligned. ..until of course the rumour that NONE of the canadian carriers are carrying 950 or 950XL! SMH. FML.
    $1000 is a lot to pay for a phone outright.
  • Get a phone Rogers is offering when you renew your contract (ie Galaxy S6), sell it on Kijiji and use the difference to help pay for the Lumia.
  • I like the black and brown leather ones. I might just have to buy both and switch them out. Can't do that with an iPhone!
  • I love it because it means we're not just limited to what Microsoft comes up with, there are endless possibilities, limited to only who bothers to make cases. We have options, I love it!
    I hope we get a nice variety of different covers and cases, some that are just different colors, and some that serve different needs (Like the wallet case). After all, if companies like Otterbox start making cases, they can be a little thinner since they can grip the phone itself, as opposed to resting on top of it.
    I don't know about everyone else, but I personally love the idea of my phone being a different color based on whatever whim I'm feeling that day.
  • My only problem so far is if they will keep a stock in the Microsoft store for these cases. As shipping from their site is expensive, €15 for UPS to the states. Which is a lot if you consider the cost of the case itself. Granted, that isn't stopping me as I am ordering one for my 640 as their back covers look wonderful!  
  • That's true. But since this is an official Microsoft program: We can hope they're featured in-Store.
    They were on display at the event, so that's a good sign.
  • The 640 case is also offical, just Microsoft gave up on it so fast in terms of stocking and availablity a long with US carriers, which is sad as I think it is a great bang for your buck
  • I think it's fine. But then, I'm Swedish, so I don't think shipping will be expensive here ;-D
  • Haha at least not the krussel ones, they are in pretty much every store. 
  • are mozo cases for 640 any good? do you already have one? how is the texture on the back? buttons are ok? they look awesome on the picture, but i am a little hesitant to buy one. So far, i ordered one for 4€ from aliexpress, and buttons on that one are rubbish. tnx :)
  • Placing the order next week. WIll let you know once I get it. From the way the specs were they seem the same as the ones that the 950s are getting.
  • I was just in a MS store playing with everything (except for the 950 - humbug!) and they said they've already got boxes of covers for both 950 & XL in stock, but aren't sure when the phones will hit the floor.
  • You should be able to buy it on Amazon before too long.  Amazon already carries a bunch of Mozo cases for other Lumia phones.
  • me too
  • They look great.
  • But I want MS to make these beautiful cases(or get thirparities to do it for them). cos these third party cases don't have the great new MS log on it.
  • The wallet case does, actually. I think it's at the discretion of the case maker. I could be wrong, but the wallet case suggests that case makers are free to use the Microsoft logo.
  • The Microsoft logo is a plus!
  • I prefer my cases clean. Microsoft doesn't pay me to show of their logo. 
  • This is a new logo. and I think it adds bit of glamor to the phone. still its just my opinion.but definitely new MS log is better than "M Mozo" logo that you will have on these cases.
  • Really sexy! Solved my worries that i had to be stuck with B/W options only!
  • I like the idea, too. The shell/case idea for the phone does make it more flexible and less bulky once you consider customizations.  But, I think that if we're going to have limited carrier availability they should probably make licensing fees next to nothing.  Otherwise, who would want to license it if there are not enough units being sold due to lack of retail surface area?  Golly, I hope they explain better their carrier position.  I have resolved that I'm ok with Microsoft Store, I'm lucky to live near one.  But what about those that don't or that want an XL on AT&T or that aren't with AT&T.  I feel back for fellow Lumia fans that just won't have easy hands-on access to these units.
  • US is not the world, these phones will be widely available in Europe so case makers should see good sales.
  • I like this idea as well. Too bad the manufacturers of the cases they were showing off did not add wireless charging. At the demo unit, the employee said manufacturers can easily add the wireless charging to the cases. Let's hope future cases add that capability. Wireless charging adds zero bulk to the case.  
  • Ironically, by reverting to removable back covers (which I highly approve of, BTW, even if it adds 1mm of thickness) Microsoft has effectively returned to Nokia's roots. "More Nokia than Nokia," you might say: http://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/posts/Try-Out-All-Different-Cases.jpg I sincerely hope to see a cottage industry pop up for these phones--which should be feasible now that budget Lumia phones aren't introduced and phased out every few months. That black Mozo case already looks fantastic (white looks good too, but I suspect the leather will get dingy in a hurry). And instead of a bulky case outside: Drop your phone? Just swap in a new back.
  • Is that really metal on those cases? You felt them right? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • It's metal coated.
  • It is probably aluminum in order to match the buttons on L950XL.
  • nice.. I don't have to worry about plastic body anymore....
  • YUP! It's just amazing that we get to literally customise the body of the device and even add metal and leather. I hope someone does a matte blue suede.
  • It's one of the best ideas they could have. Apple and Samsung don't make nearly 1/4 of the available accesories that exist for their phones. Accesories are important to people, and so is a wide varaity of choices for them. I think this is going to cause more interest in the Lumia line. I just hope that, plus universal apps, is enough to at least break a 5% market share over the next year. 
  • Well nokia never consistently had cases that were molded to fit just universal holsters
  • Can you imagine if they had shown these 950 and 950xl with these cases on them at the reveal event?!
  • I agree. My fiance just got a really nice one for her 640. I was very impressed.
  • I am soo getting the brown leather one... although the red and gold is also super hot... maybe get both :-P Awesome way to go IMHO. Nice with some high quality 3rd party support. 
  • Cool.
  • I hope you can use one of those metal-leather ones for the review ^^
  • Except they don't have the Windows logo on them. Wtf??
  • One of them does......which means they must have the option to include this - I like the logo too and would therefore choose only those that have the logo.
  • +1 consider 1 or 2 of the cases too
  • Indeed! This is what I'm wishing for ever since for Lumia. Now Microsoft have to push this on all of their Microsoft Stores around the globe, that includes the concept Microsoft Stores converted from old Nokia Stores. I hope that Microsoft tries to make a deal and shipped these accessories together with the devices so any stores that sell these Lumia will have compatible accessories for them ready. The current issues with Lumia accessories is that because they're not too popular devices, they're accessories is almost non-existent on most parts of the world. That I think also kills the Lumia adoption rate on some people where cases and other accessories are very important for them (practical or not). Also these shells at least fixes the issue of Microsoft purposely not including color options for their Lumia (the brand that started the trend and they killed the concept with these new devices). Good thing these shells from Mozo Accessories are stunning and looks and feels premium. They better be included not just on online store, but try to sell them together with these new Lumia on same store anywhere.
  • I like the idea of instead putting a "case over the phone", which makes the phone bulkier, you can change the whole back cover and sides. It's like having a new phone.
  • That white Mozo case is freaking beautiful @@
  • Beat me to it!
  • I like the brown one, but I wish it had shown the Microsoft logo. It is very important to me show the logo. Microsoft is becoming the greatest brand in devises. :-)
  • I was thinking the same. I wish they add the MS logo but in metal
  • That would be epic to have it in metal.
  • Go on their site and request. :)
  • The brown one specially.
  • Yeah..totally in love with that myself...:) all of them look great...
  • Microsoft logo please!!!
    Take my money ...
  • I thoroughly enjoy this idea. We now have established Lumia partners, building high end cases and accessories for our devices. This is good news! The fact that these companies will build accessories for other devices too will ensure their success. The 950 and 950xl have pulled a lot of attention, and this is a good start. If only Microsoft would work with tmobile...
  • If its like anything they have for xbox we'll be lucky to see it instore & not ontheline
  • What is really important for me is the marketing, here in Saudi Arabia is soooo hard to find an accessory for my Lumia
  • mursalat in Riyadh has nearly everything available on this planet related to mobile.
  • Well, in taif, it's hard to find a Lumia phone -_-
  • Yeah bro, I have forced to order cases and screen protectors from amazon when I bought my NOKIA Lumia 1520 from Jareer.
    And at that time I hadn't any bank account nor shipping service, so I opened a new bank account and made my account at Shop and Ship from Aramex 'SnS' just to buy all these and protect my new phone
  • Makes perfect sense.
  • I hope we'll at least see colored poly backs in some form, if not from Microsoft.
  • Me too, man. Especially with these removable backs, we're not talking an annoying case but just changing the look of the plain phone. Color polycarb would be my dream. Then again, I've just figured out how to color my Lumia 925 back cover, so I guess getting the white color and colorizing it is an option. Not for everyone, though.
  • How about in green leather camouflage or brown leather camouflage? Just imagining it. That will look awesome and hell of unique.
  • Will they also offer the rumoured stylus?
  • Not sure entirely.. But it is supposed to work with the surface pen.
  • I'll have a black leather case for my 950XL
  • Brilliant, I like where this is headed.
  • Wow those back cases look awesome
  • Yeah, a friend of mine was reading this article in his Note and rush to me and said "that phone looks awesome" he's considering a Windows phone because of the case =]
  • I will buy a 950xl if I can get that red case from Mozo. I think it's a good strategy. You see how the aftermarket case took off for Apple and iPhones and some Galaxy phones. Every mall has a cart stand and many accessories from third parties to make everybody seem different.
  • Nice avatar.
  • But that's also because those phones are widely popular themselves.
  • Love this idea too!  Smart way to empower other companies while also unloading some of the burden of satisfying all corners of the phone market.  Those leather Mozo case/cover/backplate (whatever you want to call them) is exactly what I've been wanting and waiting for.  It's like Mozo got into my mind and pulled that out. 
  • How about having that Ms logo and the optics stuff at the back
  • Looking good from the back! :-)
  • They all look awesome, but any word on price?
  • Yeah but don't know the US prices. Cost 40 Euro in EU so probably less in the us.
  • Dropped a mail to their rep. This is what they said: "The price range for the 950 & 950XL back covers will settle around 50 USD, we will try to offer competitive pre-order pricing so all the people loving our covers around the world would be able to have one shipped to them with a reasonable total price"
  • They should inscribe Windows logo on back of their cases
  • I do agree but at the same time I don't really care for the logo as much as the look of the overall case Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Let 'em just have the logo in silver or gold (either real metal or embossed metallic paint will do) and see how sexy it is to attract more people.
  • I agree. The cases themselves look great, but having the Microsoft logo on them tells everyone the brand without people asking "hey, what phone is that?"
  • Not everyone knows the new Microsoft logo unfortunately! But yes the logo will help with brand awareness, if it becomes a badge of honor like that dumb shiny Apple then it will spread like a forest fire. Personally though I'm not a fan of "showing off" in that way, I'd rather leave the mystery. I converted my first ever Apple fan boy after forcing him to watch the Microsoft event all the way through to the end. He's getting the Band 2, 950 XL or the Surface Phone if it's out when his contract expires and when it's available in the UK he will pick up the Surface Book with the GPU. He also just upgraded his laptop to Windows 10 today so +1 on that front! His favourite moments of the event were the continuum demo and the detachable display on Surface Book reveal, he said those were the two parts that convinced him to get on the Microsoft train.
  • Exactly - it should be a requirement for the logo to be on there. Even if it's just pressed into the leather, etc. Doesn't have to be a full color logo - but it should absolutely be there. Doesn't Apple require that their logo be visible thru cases? MS is now a top-shelf hardware company and should do everything it can to market that.
  • I agree @ Farshadatis
  • I want the red mozo case. If it'll be available. Looks awesome! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Is the massive ugly silver ring around the camera on the 950 part of the back cover or part of the camera housing?
    I really hope its the back cover so it can be changed to be made beautiful.
  • It's part of the phone's camera housing.
  • That's a shame
  • Yeah it is, but it is also suprisingly NOT ugly with these cover on. So they actually so make a difference.c
  • Maybe you should just scratch it off, maybe that will mean destroying the lens.
  • I've liked the stuff I've seen from Mozo. Microsoft may have found a jewel when partnering up with them. I am a bit surprised that MS is going to miss out on the possible money by selling their own branded accessories but I imagine that there's some more involved details that make this move rational and likely profitable.
  • I think this idea is very cool... I like it ...
  • OT: I Don't like Phones that have buttons on screen:(
  • In Vanuatu it´s raining today.
  • Makes a good case (pun fully intended) for the long term existence of Lumia phones.
  • Putting style to an otherwise boring looking phone, 'nough said.
  • Ooooooo that leather one!!
  • Is that a gold trim on the red one ?
  • Yes. Champagne-ish. Looks nice although I'd personally prefer red/silver.
  • Yeah, I would have preferred silver/aluminium. Even black would have looked nicer than gold. Gold to me always looks cheap and tacky. And "rose" gold looks awful.
  • That leather one is mine!  Can't freaking wait!
  • They're all leather, but I understand what you mean :)
  • LOL, yeah i thought maybe i should clarify after I posted it.   Brown leather.  
  • Hopefully this will start a proper accessory ecosystem for Lumia's going forward.
  • Definitely right approach
  • Let's all support those who support our platform. I'll be ordering the white and red cover for 950 XL. Furthermore, Mozo also has accessories for the 640 XL. Now, ill be buying three.
  • Those mozo cases are freaking beautiful, I'll buy two for my 950XL
  • The other great thing about how the 950 and 950xl has the removable back cover plate is that, when I enevitably drop my phone, I can replace the beat up cover with a good looking new one!  And to think, I was pretty lukewarm about the removable back plate when the information first leaked...but now it's such a great feature in my opinion!
  • Great idea but for me the question is: These two branda have power enough to make these accessories worldwide available?? At least I didnt had hear about Mozo until Tuesday...
  • Lol exactly. & will the shipping make it unbearable
  • Since mozo is basically making for MS itself.. I don't think that availability would be a problem
  • With these brilliantly beautiful covers I suddenly feel that the design of the phones themselves is not important any more. Fingers crossed they are not insanely expensive.
  • http://www.gsmarena.com/genuine_leather_backs_for_microsoft_lumia_950_an... Nott too bad will probably be getting 2 of them :-)
  • Cool! €60 is like $70, very reasonable!
  • I like the Mozo covers but they don't have windows logo which is so cool to have it in the back as the original cover
  • Look great, but I guess will be bloody expensive if coming from Nordic Countries. Any pricing yet??
  • Yes, they look crazy expensive for sure
  • 50 Euro for it in EU not too bad for these bad boys. Some Samsung plastic covers almost this much.
  • I definitely want a camera grip accessory like the 1020 has.
  • Will these cases also be avialbe at MS stores? I'd like to see and feel what I'm buying first before buying
  • I'd imagine that the Microsoft Stores are going to be the first place you'll find these cases. I've never seen Mozo anywhere on any US sites, so MS may be importing them and spreading the company's reach.
  • Does anyone know if those Moso cases are covers (do they go over the existing back plate?) or do they replace the poly back plate of the phone?
  • They replace the back, both the 950 and 950XL has removable back/side cover
  • These phones look much better with some color. I do really like that they look like a unibidy design but still have a removable back.
  • This is really great
  • Anyone noticed that golden colour in 1st photo
  • I guess Microsoft has finally learned that they can't do everything themselves. :P
  • I just have four words I TOLD YOU SO
  • This will provide more customisation options to the consumers. Hence it is good. However I don't like removable back covers. I like unibody designs.
  • The initiative is good. But Microsoft should also allow them to add its logo on the accessories. They look so incomplete without the brandings.
  • I fully agree!
  • I feel like I'll need a case for the case...
  • NO! Lumia 950/xl not too nice looking but awesome with cover. Samsung, iPhone etc. excellent looking phones that needs cover that makes them ugly? I likew the MS way better then :-) If I drop it I can get a new backplate for 50 Euro and 10 sec change.    But yeah if the fit isn't good then... well crap.
  • I have no problem paying extra for quality accessories to spiff my phone up, made or designed in the land of my heathen brethren.
  • Great move!
  • I was on Mozo's website yesterday trying to check these out. Very good looking covers. Now if they could add a kick stand to go with that beautiful look it would be perfect for "me".
  • I hope that you let them (Mozo) know. I like the idea of a kickstand,
  • Great Idea ! Like MFi this is a great move by Microsoft. 
  • I want one of those backs for my Lumia 830!
  • I Llke the idea of microsoft focusing on what its good at but why cant microsoft build in the Qi charging in the phone so that each removable back cover doesnt need its own Qi hardware, causing the price of these cases to be higher than most.
  • Maybe they couldn't fit the coils in the phone and keep it thin?
  • Yes, great idea.. but maybe I'm the only one who wants a back plate WITH the Microsoft logo on it. I actually want people to know what phone I'm holding in my hand.
  • No you are not. I want to show them other fanbois this baby - "TAKE THIS BITCHES" and plase stop bitchin about WP :-D Check you Mozo's instagram people are bitching about it not having MS logo haha. Would be SOOOO awesome if it had the beutiful glass/aly/metal??? logo from the surface book..... mmmmmm shiiiinyyyy
  • Excelent move by MS! I can't wait to put my future 950 in that sexy white leather!!!
  • Limited distribution of the devices themselves means there won't be a deluge of third party case manufacturers looking to make Lumia 950 cases. So, eh.   Neat idea in theory, but falls down again in execution.
  • Exactly we've seen vzw can flex their muscle when it comes to getting say companies like otterbox to commit
  • These are super great for me, though it would be better with more as it would mean it is popular. 
  • Brown leather back looks great!
  • Please someone create a case to hide the ugly ring on the lumia 950
  • I still feel like I have seen better pics of the accessories than I have of the phones themselves.
  • I'm so glad the new phones have removable covers. Makes it a whole lot less important what color you choose when purchasing.
  • Ms should still offer their black and white housings incase we need to replace or wish to change colour. Maybe some spares website will stock them. Buying black 950, but would like the option to change it to white if I get bored
  • Probably get overall better fitting stuff too. I once got a silicone case for my old 521, but it was really just a case for a 520 where they only increased the size and so the holes for the speaker and camera were off.
  • It's a great idea, but we'll have to, as always, see how it pays out in reality. If the end result is limited colors and styles, with no major makers (Incipio, OtterBox, etc.) putting out things, and/or if retailers don't carry them, it won't matter.
  • Holy Christ...we get "accessories"?
  • just saw article on verge where panos panay says he wants consistent design across all devices......he ellobrates his statment bottom line is we are going to see premium windows device next year for sure........premium next gen xbox...etc  
  • Does this mean that the "Smart Covers" that were part of the standard 950* rumors are not going to happen?
  • Perfect strategy!
  • Only wish MS or Panoy spent a minute showcasing this on stage which would have given more popularity to lumia. Anyways as much as I like this. I also would like to have microsoft logo as it is in the surface pro's.   If anybody have a link to buy that logo as some kind of metal sticker that i can blend it on top of this case, thsi will be a instant buy
  • I mean, it's four squares. With an xacto knife and some patience you could cut the logo from whatever metal sticker plate you have, and voila, instant logo.
  • Looks nice...but will they stay clean? White one looks vulnerable to stains. Hope not.
  • Put a case around it ;-) It depends on you, how clean they will stay.
  • I'm totally on board with outsourcing to 3Ps in this respect. I'll probably buy more than one. I'm particularly fond of the brown leather one.
  • Sure hope they come out with something that isn't leather. Leather on a phone just looks bad to me.
  • Polycarb for me too, my friend.
  • Has anybody ever owned krussel, mozo product ? whats the end product like !
  • I have had a few krussel flip cases, they where exellent quality! 
  • In earlier times of windows mobile i had some cases from Krussell, they have had a very high quality, but they were also expensive. After one year in usage they look similar as new. My last phones never saw a case, because they came with a metal body or frame (HTC/ Lumia). I liked to see them pure.
  • I liek this idea. But, I'm really hoping someone makes a shell for the 950XL with metal rims (like showed above), but without the leather back. Just not a big fan of how leather feels. Something like the 925 wouldn't be bad (metal rims, polycarbonate back).
  • It's the right decision to make. Accessories and specially back cover designs are completely personal. Accessory makers know them better and if Microsoft sell top seller back cover within its own devices as special edition lumias it would be so wonderful for that case maker, customer and even Microsoft itself. Microsoft should always build platforms or something that others couldn't or will not build.
  • Def getting the red and gold for Lumia 950 :)
  • The article clearly begs the question. The question that haunts the Windows Central forums. Not the "faster" type. But the whining type.
    PS: Wen in India? :-P
  • Please repeat after me in answer to your question... ABSOLUTELY YES, THEY ARE
  • If the fit is good and they don't flex or feel cheap, this is really the best way to go. I hate cases on my phones as they take away from the design and make the phone bigger. But a case that actually replaces the pack portion of the phone allows unlimited customization with no additional size. Well done.
  • I really like it but I wouldn't mind Microsoft just making colorful backs. I love that they have accessories for the 640 and also will for the 550. I'll keep an eye on them.
  • I am excited about these covers. My wife had a mozo flip cover for her 1020 and it was really good quality. I got it from the Microsoft store. My only worry (which we'll have to wait and see) would be if these replacement covers ended up being thicker and adding thickness to the 950/950 XL compared to the original cover. It obviously would be preferable over a case. I just don't want to add any thickness to the device.
  • As superficial as it sounds, these cases might make me give up and decide to upgrade, despite all my logic speaking against that decision.
  • Definitely a step in the right direction.
  • Great idea...
  • I applaud Microsoft for this move, I hate putting a case on my phone but I want to have some color with my phone. An official program that builds to spec with qi enabled, if desired, etc etc is brilliant in my book. But it will also make me more sad when these phones won't work on Verizon, as we expect them not to. :'(
  • As long as I can get a black leather cover for the Lumia 950, I think it's guaranteed to be my next phone. The covers for the 950 XL look great, but I'd rather stick with the smaller phone.
  • I applaud Microsoft for this move, I hate putting a case on my phone but I want to have some color with my phone. An official program that builds to spec with qi enabled, if desired, etc etc is brilliant in my book. But it will also make me more sad when these phones won't work on Verizon, as we expect them not to. :'(
  • Make the flagships look mediocre so we can make it look the way we want. Good approach.
  • I like the idea, but I'd rather buy the phone with a cyan or green back than spend more money to get the color I actually want. This is better than nothing I guess.
  • I want to see a blue case with the MS Logo behind
  •  will preorder the black leather as soon as i can. And maybe the red one too.
  • Finally! It would seem that Microsoft is beginning to understand the Consumer devices market.  They seem to be doing it without compromising their core strengths.    The entire Windows mobility ecosystem has been lacking 3rd party support from the very beginning.  MS must add that content value into their ecosystem foundation.  Now if they can get the content for #Windows10Mobile they will really have a vibrant and buzzing experience without device specific boundaries.    
  • Ugly cases... Too cowboyish!
  • Don't want mozo logos on my phone.
  • I'm probably going to get the case that Microsoft will make with the opening.
  • I love the Mozo cases. I never use cases because they add an extra bulk. Manufacturers do put some form of ergonomic design into their devices, yet slapping an a case negates that original design (for most devices). From what I can see from Mozo they are designing to keep that original design in mind and I'll be ordering a couple of cases from them as soon as they start taking pre-orders.
  • Would love to have the red cover
  • I really don't like cases too much but I like the fact that you can replace the whole back without adding additional bulkiness to the phones. This is genius. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • +1520
  • Great odea
  • I want wood with steal boarders, a yellow like my 1520 and ill take that black leather back plz.
  • AMEN to that.
  • Now who says these Lumis are not good looking compared to iphone & Galaxy. beauty.
  • Camera grip...please!!! I've had more questions about my Lumia 1020, becuase of that camera grip, than any other device I've owned.
  • Who would have thought that a Lumia 950 or 950 XL would look soooo sexy. Now that is what I call a visually appealing flagship. Those cases make a huge difference. And yes, let 3rd parties make them, they know what they're doing apparently. Just sell them in the Microsoft store so customers can get it all in one place.
  • I would love black leather with gold rims.
  • Wow! I like the Mozo Leatherback in red.
  • Imagine a bright silver plate ... amazing
  • Yes, but they need to license 5-7 makers so you have a while variety of styles!  
  • the covers look cool and sturdy... great idea.. allowing 3rd party producers creative space for its devices, Microsoft is absolutely not disappointing anyone these days!!! :D
  • Can't see anything wrong with this approach. Still wary about that flat display, but at least this gives a chance to upgrade and personalize... I'll still miss the curved display...!
  • If that black smells leather.... I dont think there will be a limit to how meny women I will atract with a 950xl and black Mozo!
  • This is looking awesome. Wish it was available to my 735. Damn it.
  • They certainly look nice, but I can't help but wonder what those padded leather cases do to the sound recording quality. Lumia has always been top notched for that, hopefully it doesn't muffle things.
  • There was an article before showed that the 950XL will have a smart cover and a stylus pen and it was published through windows central .. So .. Where is it ??
  • Cool idea. But as a side note, why are the wallet/phone cases a thing?
  • We had cases available before.  How's this new?  As for "Qi enabled", what does THAT mean?  If the devices don't already come with Qi built in, then that's pretty much a waste because I spent the bucks to get the Qi sleeve for my 1020, which takes away from the awesome look of a bare 1020.  I never had a case for my 920, and certainly wouldn't put a case on the 1020.  I shouldn't have to put a case on my phone just to get a color or a feature.  So, a case does NOT solve the "what about this color" issue.  Not at all.
  • I'll be getting one, but you could sell one with each device sold in-store if you carried them in the stores MS. They look that good. Make it happen, please!
  • i'd get one that looks like surface :) that would make it more squarer, and silver. I'd also get one that would make the phone thicker in that way that it removes the camera bump, and than fill all the empty space with a huge battery replacement! also in silver and surface style  :D
  • The red one, ooh, so sexy!
  • Am I the only one that prefers cases withouth the MS logo? I like it as clean as possible. 
  • Nice but I don't want a case that hides the logo on the back. It must be exposed, especially on a phone of this size. I'll delay getting the the 950XL until I get the case I want.  I think these are nice looking but I don't see why these cases all hide the logo as it they don't want people to know its a Windows Phone.
  • Im like this year "Nahh...im not getting that 950XL, but after seeing this-im definitely buying one on day 1 it releases.
  • Are these cases actually for sale yet? Also is it real leather or PU leather or plastic with a leather grain like on the Galaxy Note 3? I want the black leather silver edge version to match my Note 3. Incidentally the 950XL is exactly the same size as the Note 3 (bar a mm or two). Gives you an idea of size in your hand.
  • ​"Designed for Microsoft Lumia" is a great idea but might not be new. I got some Coloud headphone earlier in the year (through a Lumia Conversations comp) - I'm pretty sure the packaging included "designed for Microsoft Lumia" or similar.
  • It's always good to have options but it's still disappointing and cheap for MS not to have a few different color options of their own at launch. That used to be one of the nice things about Lumias. Out of the box sexiness. I gues that was a Nokia thing. On the bright side those that like pleather and fake gold are in heaven.
  • I like this idea so much.
  • I'm not quite sold on the Mozo cases. Metal rim designs (from a purely stylistic perspective) are already out of fashion. Worse, the cases don't feature the Microsoft logo. Instead it features theirs. Any bystander would look at these and think the phone was a chinese knockoff.   I know some people here don't want to show off MS' logo but I do. I think in the grand scheme of phone snobbery, the Microsoft name has some cache. Cache that will only grow once people start seeing more and more of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book out and about.   I also think MS is throwing away the opportunity to capitalize on the goodwill and popularity of the Surface by not creating magnesium surface-a-like back covers for the Lumias. That, coupled with some clean wood trim like teak or whatever wood their conferences are lined with, would do wonders with public perception. It would look premium, which in turn, would make it desirable. I know a lot of people who want iPhones simply because they are made of aluminum. I know MS is software focused now, but they should not discount and ignore what good exterior industrial design can do for sales.
  • I actually got my hands on a 950xl today and have to say I was totally surprised. The size was about perfect, even though the screen size is the same as the 640xl I'm currently using, the overall size felt like the 830 my wife is using. Add that gorgeous brown leather back and if would be about the perfect phone.
  • I want the red case with gold trim
  • I would love to see a 'wallet' style cover, where the fold is just attached to the back cover, rather than having a bulky case attached.
  • The Mozo covers look awesome! But they need to imprint the Microsoft logo on them..
  • Im not supposed to get a 950XL. But after seeing this design especially that Red colour. Im definitely getting it on day one it releases. This is Beautiful!
  •     This is BRILLIANT! The only complaint that I've had with my Lumia devices over the years (Trophy, 822, 928 and Icon) is the lack of accessories in comparison to Apple and Android devices. This program ensures that there are a variety of high quality cases to choose from and that's all that I've ever wanted. I'll probably go with the metal back but I have to admit that the leather does have me intrigued.
  • Finally I like this idea. We are all going to be spoilt for choice!
  • That leather brown one in the pic has got my name all over it
  • This makes me want an awesome Spider-Man cover for a Lumia.
  • They should leave a space for the Microsoft logo being like covers designed for apple
  • I want a custom shell that says this on the back: Up yours Verizon. Sincerely, Microsoft
  • They need to release the 3D mesh for 3D printing.
  • All good, now make prototype blue backs.
  • Why do people/fanboys want MS logo on it? Are you so insecure you need others to know the brands you buy? Do you buy stuff for yourself or to show off? (this is a real question)
  • Cases never have enough features for my taste.   Am I the only one who thinks a qwerty keyboard would be great? Slide your card/money underneath.   My wife just got a case were the phone holder was magnetic for easy detachment from wallet.   Charge phone via induction so only one usb plug is needed for keyboard and phone.   The ability to stand phone up to watch media is always a plus. Make the hinge like an old ratchet beach chair. This would allow it to close yet be rigid while typing and watching media.   Put it all together and call it "The Works"… ….maybe include a toothpick or tweezers to pay homage to the Swiss army knife.