New Microsoft Smartphones Debut
Microsoft is announcing new hardware and operator partners for its Windows Powered Smartphone software and a new MSN mobile Internet service, kicking off its third year at the 3GSM World Congress event in Cannes, France.
Microsoft's 3GSM announcements Monday are a clear follow-up to
Mitac International has a clamshell-type phone based on the Microsoft Smartphone software on show, while Winstron, an Acer spin-off, is the first to license a blueprint for a
T-Mobile International will be the third mobile operator to sell a device running Microsoft's Smartphone software. The German company will offer in Europe, starting midyear, the same handset from High Tech Computer that Philippine mobile operator Smart Communications on Friday said it would start selling soon, Duffy said.
The HTC triband phone has a color screen, 32MB of memory, and a MultiMediaCard expansion slot. Its software includes slimmed-down versions of Microsoft's Outlook, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, and Windows Media Player.
T-Mobile will also be the first to offer Pocket MSN, a new mobile Internet service and software from Microsoft for smart phones and phone-equipped personal digital assistants running Pocket PC Phone Edition. The software on the device links to a mobile Internet service and allows the user to send instant messages and read Hotmail e-mail. Pocket MSN is a step up from the already available MSN services via Short Message Service text messages, according to Microsoft.
Also at 3GSM, Samsung Electronics will launch the Global System for Mobile Communications version of its I700 device. The I700,