Microsoft and Vodafone outline services plan

Microsoft and Vodafone Group have published a technical road map and a whitepaper as part of their effort to allow PC...

Microsoft and Vodafone Group have published a technical road map and a white paper as part of their effort to allow PC applications to take advantage of services offered on mobile networks.

The announcement at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles follows news of a partnership between the two companies earlier this month at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) conference in Geneva.

The technical road map talks about how existing work in the web services world - with specifications such as XML, Soap and WSDL (Web services description language) - can be linked to technologies used in the mobile world, said John Maffei, director of Microsoft's platform strategy group.

Examples are the SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) authorisation used with GSM, SMS text messaging and location-based services.
The white paper talks about possible business scenarios for PC applications that can use mobile services, Maffei said.

Microsoft and Vodafone hoped to get feedback on the published documents and are inviting other industry players to join the effort.

A workshop is planned for late January in London where technology providers, including software makers, system integrators, mobile infrastructure suppliers and handset makers are invited.

"This is not a Microsoft and Vodafone initiative, we would like to see it industrywide," he said.

Ultimately, the result of the work could be sent to a standards body, he added.

The road map and white paper can be found online at:

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service


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