Microsoft to launch push mobile e-mail system

Microsoft will use this week’s 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona to launch its “push” mobile e-mail service, which allows users to get their e-mail on the move without having to dial-up.

Microsoft will use this week’s 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona to launch its “push” mobile e-mail service, which allows users to get their e-mail on the move without having to dial-up.

The service will compete with systems such as RIM’s Blackberry and the client software from companies including Good Technology.

To deliver the system, Microsoft is combining devices running Windows Mobile 5 with servers using Exchange 2003 Service Pack 2, and a new security service pack.

Carriers including Amena, Chungwa Telecom, Cingular Wireless, Orange, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and Vodafone are said to be behind Microsoft’s launch, offering their customers free software upgrades to convert their devices to support the Microsoft product.

Devices such as Hewlett-Packard’s iPaq hw6900 Mobile Messenger, Fujitsu Siemens FS Pocket Loox and the Gigabyte g-Smart from Chungwa Telecom in Taiwan will support the system.

Other devices supporting the system will follow in the second quarter.

Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer is expected to make the formal announcement about the new system at the GSM Congress in Barcelona.

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