The companies have been forming close links over the past few years, culminating in a joint launch of Microsoft's .net strategy last September. Now they plan to develop next generation software for the mobile Internet.
This will involve co-operation on the marketing and selling of Microsoft's mobile Internet services and software, ready-loaded on Compaq's Proliant servers, through which the functionality of Compaq's iPaq Pocket PC will be extended.
Both firms also plan to work on delivering mobile data services - such as the Microsoft Exchange based calendar, contacts, personalised Web content and rich multimedia content to the consumer.
Microsoft and Compaq have also been working together on the commercial roll-out of systems based on Microsoft's Internet Cellular Smart Access (ICSA) platform to mobile network operators. This collaboration is a move towards the release, early next year, of the Microsoft Mobile Information 2001 Server, around which Compaq's Global Services will be building professional services.
For more on mobile Internet see www.itnetwork.com
This was first published in November 2000