The 3GSM Event in France has been busy and Microsoft and T-Mobile are taking part. Much of the news is centered on new phones and new services, both of which T-Mobile is going to offer in Europe this year.
Microsoft will make available Pocket MSN before the end of this year.
This is a mobile version of their popular MSN service that will run on Pocket PC’s and handsets running Smartphone 2002.
“Pocket MSN will for the first time deliver to subscribers an always-on experience that enables them to remain available to other online users and always up to date with e-mail, instant messaging (IM) and other online services without maintaining a continuous network connection to their mobile device. Subscribers also will have one-click access to MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger — one of the most used e-mail and IM services in the world, with 110 million and 75 million active users, respectively. In addition, Pocket MSN will allow subscribers to wirelessly browse online and receive other MSN services, including MSN Alerts, which include news, sports and weather updates.”
The service will be made available through phone service carriers. T-Mobile is the first to step up to the plate, promising to roll the service out in Europe before the end of the year.
“This cooperation with Microsoft shows our continuous commitment to making and shaping the mobile data market,” said Nikesh Arora, chief marketing officer of T-Mobile.
T-Mobile to carry Microsoft powered Smartphone this Summer
This will be the second Smartphone to come to market, the first being Orange’s SPV as seen below.
We don’t have a name for this device, but it will be manufactured by HTC, which is a very good thing. We do know some of the basic specs though: color screen, 32MB of memory, and a MultiMediaCard expansion slot. Software includes: mobile versions of Microsoft’s Outlook, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, and Windows Media Player.
Samsung to Release a new GPRS Pocket PC/Phone
Microsoft also announced that Samsung will bring a GPRS PPC to market. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, “This will be the first pocket PC with an integrated phone.”