Microsoft kicked off its third year at the Congree by announcing new hardware and operator partners for its Windows Powered Smartphone software and a new MSN mobile Internet service.
The annoucements are a clear follow up to last year’s sneak preview of Windows Powered Smartphone devices and Pocket PC Phone Edition hardware.
A Microsoft spokesperson said that Mitac International had a clamshell type phone based on the Microsoft Smartphone software on show, while Winstron, an Acer spin-off, was the first to license a blueprint for a Microsoft smart phone from Microsoft and Intel.
T-Mobile International AG would be the third mobile operator in the world to sell a device running Microsoft’s Smartphone software. From the middle of the year, the German company would offer the same handset from High Tech Computer (HTC) that Philippine mobile operator Smart Communications said it would start selling soon.
The HTC triband phone has a colour screen, 32M bytes of memory and an MMC (MultiMedia Card) expansion slot. Software includes slimmed-down versions of Microsoft’s Outlook, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger and Windows Media Player.
T-Mobile will be the first operator in the world to offer Pocket MSN, a new mobile Internet service and software offering from Microsoft for smart phones and phone-equipped PDAs (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 SMS (Short Message Service) text messages.