PR2527 / 2001/02/19
Microsoft Takes Lead in Bringing Next-Generation Data Services To Mobile Networks
CANNES, France —
Feb. 19, 2001 — Today at the 3GSM World Congress, Microsoft
Corp. announced new alliances with the mobile operator community to run trials
on its range of enhanced data services over mobile networks beginning in spring
trials represent a significant leap forward for Microsoft in bringing its
mobile devices platform to market. The provision of rich data services that
connect back to data stores held in operator and corporate servers is at the
cornerstone of Microsoft’s mobility vision. Telstra Corp., T-Mobil and Vodafone
UK are the first mobile operators to publicly announce their intention to test
Microsoft® data services in their networks.
in high-bandwidth networks such as GPRS and UMTS will allow operators to offer
value-added services across their networks that will enable a new era of
collaboration, information and multimedia services,” said Ben Waldman, vice
president of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft. “It is critical to
ensure that the handsets which come to market can deliver the type of advanced
functionality and benefits promised to the end user. Microsoft is taking the
lead by developing an intensive program to test advanced data services in its
networks now, therefore substantially reducing the time to market for next-generation
Microsoft and its
participating mobile operators propose development of an intensive testing
framework to run trials on a range of services from Microsoft’s mobility
solutions platform as well as third-party companies. These services include
Microsoft mobile Outlook®, secure access to corporate data, secure
Web access, instant messaging, media playback and device management. Operators
will choose from a number of mobile devices including Microsoft’s feature phone
and smart phone platforms.
“Telstra is excited to be working with Microsoft and believes that
the combined strength of the two industry leaders will bring greater benefits
to our customers. Telstra is committed to mobile communications as being more
than just for voice transmission and is determined in encouraging the use and
growth of data applications,” said Dick Simpson, group managing director of
Telstra OnAir. “This relationship, as we move toward 2.5G and 3G, will provide
critical software designed to cater for the wireless environment and place this
technology into the consumers’ hands. Microsoft’s smart phone platform provides
the seamless integration with corporate applications, multimedia functionality
and broad access to Internet content that end users expect in a next-generation
“Our commitment is to constantly innovate to
guarantee corporate customers the best mobile services and the most up-to-date
phones,” said Martin Witt, senior product marketing manager, T-Mobil. “To
achieve this, it is essential to keep pace and to cooperate in the most
advanced technology solutions on the market today. Microsoft has demonstrated a
true understanding of our business, and we are delighted to partner with them
to bring compelling integrated voice and data solutions to our mobile
“Our aim is
to make more possible for our customers in the mobile world,” said Amit Pau,
managing director of Vodafone Multimedia Ltd. “We are constantly looking for
new solutions, and this trial with Microsoft is a first step toward making
Microsoft applications available to Vodafone customers through handheld mobile
About Microsoft Phone Platforms
is delivering software to handset manufacturers and mobile operators for two
telephone solutions. Microsoft Mobile Explorer™ wireless communications
software provides a lightweight microbrowser-based solution for mobile phones
offering online services. The Microsoft smart phone platform, code-named
“Stinger,” is built on a version of the Microsoft Windows® CE 3.0
operating system specifically optimized for mobile phones to extend battery
life and reduce memory requirements.
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