Vodafone has signed a deal with Microsoft that will see new software rolled out for its mobile phones.
The tie-up is part of Vodafone's strategy of streamlining its platform portfolio, with a focus on Windows Mobile, Symbian/S60 and Linux.
The two firms will collaborate to ensure Vodafone applications and services are tightly integrated with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform. A Samsung device using software produced under the agreement is expected to be launched in the first half of next year.
Vodafone said access to the wider Microsoft developer community would see an increase in the range of applications and content on its phones.
Jens Schulte-Bockum, Vodafone's global director of terminals, said, “This initiative aims to ensure that we do not have to create a different set of software to provide services on a wide range of platforms, so that our customers benefit from enhanced yet simple-to-use services and lower costs.”
The company is also hoping to tap into Microsoft’s expertise to speed convergence between mobile devices and computers.