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Microsoft, Nokia, and the South Australian Government team up for space tech initiatives

The Visitor’s Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington.
The Visitor’s Center at Microsoft Headquarters campus is pictured July 17, 2014 in Redmond, Washington. (Image credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images for Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft, Nokia, and the South Australian Government are teaming up to develop new space tech and 5G solutions.
  • Microsoft's Azure Space team is setting up shop in Adelaide, Australia as part of the collaborative push.
  • This is one of the multiple initiatives Microsoft and Nokia have teamed up with the South Australian Government on.

Via the power of indestructible Nokia phones, Microsoft Azure, and the South Australian Government's eagerness to bolster its space efforts, there's a new triangular partnership in town, one potentially more iconic than the Three Musketeers. It's true: Microsoft, Nokia, and the South Australian Government are joining forces to meld space technology, 5G, AI, and other major industry buzzwords together in an effort to redefine the digital era and grow Australia's space industry.

Microsoft's Azure Space team will be making room for itself at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide, Australia, which South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has welcomed.

"This partnership between Microsoft and Nokia further cements our state's standing within the global space industry," Premier Marshall stated. You can read the rest of his quotes at Microsoft's site (opens in new tab).

Developing industry-shaking digital advancements by way of space tech and 5G while also boosting South Australian job counts aren't the only items on the docket for Microsoft, Nokia, and the South Australian Government. The trio is also working on ways to promote diversity in STEM in South Australia.

This is far from the first time that Microsoft's Azure Space initiatives have landed a fruitful partnership. Not long ago, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) teamed up to help the astronauts floating around on the International Space Station (ISS) make the most of the station's very, very limited internet capacity.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • Microsoft was the first cloud computing provider to sign up with STARLINK to allow AZURE customers to use the cloud in the deepest of boondocks. Google followed suit shortly afterwards.
    (It gives them both a competitive advantage over AWS who can't, even if they wanted to.)
    They're really leaning into bleeding edge tech these days.
  • MS should consider acquiring Nokia then! 😂