Microsoft aims software at mobile telephony market

Microsoft is trying to popularise its established software products in the mobile telephony market and has unveiled some of the...

Microsoft is trying to popularise its established software products in the mobile telephony market and has unveiled some of the first solutions to compete against arch-rival Symbian, writes Antony Savvas.

At the opening of a European mobile solutions centre in Stockholm this week, Microsoft demonstrated a number of its Pocket PC products running versions of its Office software suite. This software was also run on several mobile phones from various manufacturers.

Microsoft is also trying to get a grip on the burgeoning smartcard market with the recent introduction of Windows for Smartcards.

One of the solutions on show, which will be commercially available by the end of the year, was an Ericsson phone running a cut-down version of Outlook.

SIM Outlook allows users to access their calendars and contacts book from a remote location and receive alerts on the phone when an appointment is about to come up. So far, the system has not been tweaked to offer Outlook e-mail, but this will come later.

In addition, Microsoft has entered into a partnership with mobile telecoms provider One2One, aimed at allowing users to hear their e-mail being read over a phone using voice recognition software.

n Microsoft is to change the structure of the code which controls its users' Hotmail e-mail accounts, to allow them to be downloaded onto phones and PDA's (personal digital assistants). At present Hotmail does not conform to the POP3 standard that makes this possible.

More on mobile computing can be found at itnetwork.com

This was last published in June 2000

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