Domestic appliance company Miele switches to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones

You know the drill. Company switches to Windows Phone. Press release is published. We all get rather excited and crack open a bottle of bubbly. We've got another story to tell you all today as domestic appliance company Miele has announced a switch to Nokia Lumia Windows Phone, following the likes of KONE and other big name brands.

So what made Miele switch to Windows Phone 8? The usual reasons are supplied in the press release, including access to Microsoft Outlook and SharePoint. Additionally, the company is able to provide employees a modern smartphone that includes secure access to Microsoft Office documents, information and contacts. 

Because Miele chose Nokia Lumia Windows Phones there's also the free HERE Maps and HERE Drive. Not only are we looking at Windows Phones as Miele has also equipped all its work stations with Microsoft products. This offers seamless connectivity across the entire Windows ecosystem, as well as Microsoft services in the cloud.

Headquartered in Germany, Miele will be taking advantage of the speeds found on Deutsche Telekom, coupled with a high-end Windows Phone. IT's good to see yet another brand join the Microsoft family an we're sure it's not going to be the last.

Check out the full press release below.

Ratingen, Germany and Espoo, Finland - Nokia has announced that Miele & Cie. KG, a global leader in premium domestic appliances and commercial machinery for laundry care, dishwashing and disinfection, is switching to Nokia Lumia as the smartphone of choice for its global employees.

Built on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform, Nokia Lumia smartphones enable mobile access to Miele's business applications such as Microsoft Outlook and SharePoint. Additionally, Nokia Lumia offers Miele employees the benefits of a modern smartphone, including secure access at no additional cost to Microsoft Office documents, information and contacts. Also available on Nokia Lumia are free navigation apps, including HERE Maps and HERE Drive, which allow maps to be downloaded via wireless LAN, reducing data traffic and network charges.

To increase the efficiency of its users and infrastructure, Miele has already equipped all its work stations with Microsoft products. "The seamless connection to our existing Microsoft infrastructure as well as the great navigation and camera technology make Lumia an excellent addition to our existing IT systems," said Egbert Fichtler, Head of IT Infrastructure, Miele.

Miele piloted Nokia Lumia over several months with more than 100 of its people. Mr Fichtler added: "Nokia Lumia exceeded our expectations both in terms of user experience and the look and feel of the devices, and so we are happy to continue rollout during the second half of 2013, with over 1,000 more devices for employees in Germany. The free navigation with HERE Drive helps our service team to plan routes to customers, while the great cameras in Nokia Lumia mean we can document service cases immediately on site helping us to save time and money."

In Germany, Miele is deploying Nokia Lumia on the Deutsche Telekom network. Concludes Mr Fichtler, "the excellent speech quality and high speed data on the Deutsche Telekom network are very compelling. As a company, we pride ourselves on designing and building great products and offering great service to our customers, values which Nokia shares. Overall, Nokia Lumia smartphones built on Windows Phone are increasing our efficiency as a company."

"Our new Nokia Lumia smartphones offer a robust yet elegant design as well as excellent camera technology," said Sebastian Ulrich, general manager, Nokia Germany. "In addition, our broad product portfolio means we have choices for everyone within any company: from entry level smartphones such as the Lumia 520 and the Lumia 620 through mid-range devices such as the Lumia 720 and 820 all the way to our flagship Lumia 920 and Lumia 925."

Nokia for business

With the Nokia Lumia range, Nokia offers business users the ability to work on their mobile as they would on their PC. With the Windows 8 platform, Microsoft Office and Outlook are built in allowing employees to create and edit PowerPoint, Excel and Word documents wherever they are whilst seamlessly syncing their files. Combined with a design that stands out, business level security as standard, and a range of Qi standard wireless charging solutions, Nokia Lumia is the most innovative smartphone for businesses.

About Nokia

Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world. Every day, more than 1.3 billion people use their Nokia to capture and share experiences, access information, find their way or simply to speak to one another. Nokia's technological and design innovations have made its brand one of the most recognized in the world. For more information, visit

About Miele

Miele is the world leader in the field of premium domestic appliances including cooking, baking and steam-cooking appliances, refrigeration products, coffee makers, dishwashers and laundry and floorcare products. This line-up is augmented by dishwashers, washer-extractors and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilisers for use in medical and laboratory applications (Miele Professional). The company, founded in 1899, has 8 production plants in Germany and one plant each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China and Romania. 2011/12 turnover amounted to approx. EUR 3.04 bn with sales outside Germany accounting for 70%. Miele is represented with its own sales subsidiaries and via importers in almost 100 countries. The Miele company, now in the fourth generation of family ownership, employs a workforce of around 16,700 with two-thirds in Germany. The company headquarters are located in Gütersloh/Westphalia, Germany.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.