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Domestic appliance company Miele switches to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones

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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 http://www.nokia.com/about-nokia.

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.

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Domestic appliance company Miele switches to Nokia Lumia Windows Phones

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They're a very well respected company producing high quality appliances, sort of like bosch, but even higher quality and more niche.

To add what mr toes said, Steve Jobs after hours and hours and months of research picked up his washing machine /dryer from Miele (you can search for this)

That's time Jobs could have used to make a better device. Could a made the iPod as good as a Zune player.

Miele products are just like Nokia products. Heavy as shit - unbeaten in quality like washing machines, dryers and dish washers

And not to be an ahole but when companies switch to windows phones is it usually always a Nokia phone or have they switched to HTC or Samsung?

Rarely. Nokia has an entire program with Avanade (joint-venture b/w Accenture and Microsoft) in place for pitching Windows Phones to enterprise, and that package is competing against Samsung's SAFE offerings. This is simply a case of Nokia taking the initiative with Windows Phone whereas Samsung/HTC are not.

I'm going to say I have heard way more companies going to Nokia than any other provider of WP handsets I think just because of the technical support, systems and infrastructure that Nokia provides which is second to none.

I remember that Home Depot had announced they had switched to Windows Phone a couple of years ago. It would be interesting to see a follow up on them to see how its going.

I talked to a guy the other day that's a district manager for Home Depot and had just updated from the Trophy to the 8X around January. Dude loves WP

Only Nokia and not because of new smartphones or because its WP. Its because Nokia had partnerships like that for a very long time now. Longer than Samsung or even Apple.

Miele is one of the best and most expensive manufacturers of household appliances in the world... (probably too good and expensive to be on the US market^^)

It's in the US Market but their boring designs haven't won any of us over. Steve Jobs always liked their washing machines though, but thought they copied the iPod with their plain white construction. True story.

You are wrong my friend. It is the other way around...: The Iphone and the Ipod were inspired by the designs from Dieter Rams who designed products for the German company Braun. Jonathan Ive, Apples Senior Vice President of Design sent Dieter Rams an Ipod, with a ''Very caring letter'', where he wrote about how he admired Dieter Rams and that he grew up with Braun products... I could translate more from the sites I found that talk about the matter, but I think you can see that is the other way around...

Glad to see this announcement. I'd really love to see MS and Nokia make a big push for Sync and WP with car manufacturers.

The comment about SharePoint support piqued my interest. We use it at work but I hadn't really thought about trying to connect to it. Guess that tells you how much we use SharePoint.

Miele is a first class German manufacturer think double a trice times more reliable as other companies. Its really known in Europe. Its the Audi or Mercedes in household devices.

If it was the Mercedes of Audi of household appliances it wouldn't be known for its reliability...

Cause CNN has stock in Apple. They only promote Apple products. If iPhone were to get a new instruction manual, it would be all over CNN's front page.

My wife is a network administrator and was tasked by the CEO to pick new phones. This was a shock as he always picked the phones. After playing with BB10, Samsung safe, iPhone, & WP8 she picked WP and got all employees that have company phones Nokia 822's and executives got the 928. Most complained the first couple weeks. Now every single person is in love with WP. She has even gotten thank you calls from remote sales reps.

Ryan - submit that story to Nokia press. They might well pick up on it. Its a great story. Try Verizon press also.

Miele is high-recommended manufacturer in Germany ans europe. Their washmashines, dryer ans oven are The Best and very expensive. You can use them for 20 years....

Can I just say that we have the warmest community members in the Mobile News World. Of course, we get wind of trolls every now and then, but the regular readers are almost always very receptive and emphathetic to other WP lovers. I'm at home here at WPCentral. :)