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New Windows Mobile Phones Offer Even More Choices for All Walks of Life.



Software plus services approach fuels adoption as applications and services, new phones, and updates reach customers.

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Only six months after the launch of its Windows Mobile The Windows platform from Microsoft for handheld devices, including PDAs, cellphones and Portable Media Centers. See Pocket PC, Pocket PC Phone Edition, Smartphone and Portable Media Center.  6.1 operating system operating system (OS)

Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs.
, Microsoft Corp. announced that more than 25 phones powered by the platform are expected in market by holiday 2008 with many available today. Offering form factors ranging from touchscreens and QWERTY See QWERTY keyboard.

(hardware) QWERTY - /kwer'tee/ (From the top left row of letter keys of most keyboards) Pertaining to a standard English-language typewriter keyboard (sometimes called the Sholes keyboard after its inventor), as opposed to Dvorak or foreign-language
 keyboards to dual sliders, the diverse spectrum of smartphones will be available from a wide range of device makers and mobile operators.

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Around the world, the open platform of Windows Mobile is best suited to meet the growing demand for smartphone experiences that are as dynamic as people's everyday lives.

"People want their phones to reflect their personality," said Todd Peters, vice president of marketing for the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. "With the growth we're experiencing, people can select from an increasing number of phones, applications and services that meet their daily work and personal needs."

Choice: A Smartphone for Every Style

Today, customers can choose from a growing portfolio of new Windows Mobile 6.1-based phones and updates, with more expected in 2008 and beyond, bringing new time-saving features, easier phone navigation and management as well as increased security safeguards. Windows Mobile 6.1 supports System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008 and Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 advanced mobile policies, helping keep business information protected. Information about the latest updates and new phones is available at http://www.windowsmobile.com/.
  Recent related announcements include the following:

  * AT&T announced that upgrades are available now for the BlackJack II,
    MOTO Q Global and AT&T Tilt smartphones, with new Windows Mobile
    6.1-based phones launching later this year.
  * Intermec Technologies Corp. today announced that its CN3 mobile computer
    is the first rugged handheld to operate on Windows Mobile 6.1 and will
    begin shipping later this month.
  * The HTC Touch Diamond with TouchFLO 3D, HTC's captivating 3-D touch
    interface, surpassed 1 million in global phone sales in its first three
    months and is expected to debut in the U.S. soon. HTC is also shipping
    the HTC Touch Pro and HTC S740.
  * Sony Ericsson has released a beta SDK for Windows Mobile 6.1 for
    building and testing XPERIA Panels and applications. The SDK, integrated
    with Microsoft Visual Studio, offers developers a familiar environment
    and sets a new direction for a rich, immersive user experience with a
    focus on hardware-accelerated visual effects and interactivity. The
    XPERIA X1 will be available soon.
  * Velocity Mobile announced the Velocity 103, a touchscreen device that
    features the easy-to-use Odyssey interface and Velocity Over the Air
    updates. Along with the Velocity 111 and Velocity 83, the Velocity 103
    will be available later this year.





Versatility: Applications and Services Enhance the Windows Mobile Experience

Helping people discover new experiences, Microsoft created the new Total Access (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/totalaccess), a guide to everything people can do with a Windows Mobile phone. Available online by registration, the site provides exclusive offers such as trial applications, extras such as ring tones and wallpapers, and how-to content.

To accommodate the creation of new applications, Windows Mobile provides a flexible, open platform for developers. AT&T announced Nikos Konstas, an independent developer from the United Kingdom, as the winner of the AT&T Game Development Contest for Windows Mobile, the first collaboration of all members of the mobile gaming ecosystem to further innovation of games on the powerful Windows Mobile platform.

Complementing Windows Mobile, Microsoft's online consumer services Consumer Services refers to the formulation, deformulation, technical consulting and testing of most consumer products, such as food, herbs, beverages, vitamins, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, hair products, household cleaners, [paints, plastics, metals, waxes, coatings, minerals,  for mobile provides people with the communications and resources they need on the go. MSN Mobile provides one-stop access to MSN (1) (MicroSoft Network) A family of Internet-based services from Microsoft, which includes a search engine, e-mail (Hotmail), instant messaging (Windows Live Messaging) and a general-purpose portal with news, information and shopping (MSN Directory).  content, including MSNBC MSNBC Microsoft/National Broadcasting Company  News, FOX Sports, MSN Entertainment, MSN Money and MSN Weather. Live Search for Windows Mobile helps people find the cheapest gas prices, movie times and more in their area. The application is available for free download at http://wls.live.com/. Windows Live for Mobile enhances the Windows Mobile experience with a set of online communications and sharing tools including Windows Live Messenger Microsoft's instant messaging (IM) service, which provides text messaging, voice calling, file sharing and video phoning. Windows Live Messenger combines the previous MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger clients into one system under the Windows Live umbrella. , Windows Live Hotmail A Web-based e-mail service from Microsoft that is available free or paid based on message storage capacity. Formerly Windows Live Mail (for a short time), Windows Live Hotmail integrates all 250 million+ Hotmail users into one service under the Windows Live umbrella.  and Windows Live Photo Gallery This article or section contains information about computer software currently in development.
The content may change as the software development progresses.
 for mobile. Information about how to connect to Windows Live for Mobile is available at http://mhome.live.com/.

"Microsoft's approach to mobile software and services has the potential to be the smartphone industry's sweet spot with strong appeal to device-makers," said Michael Gartenberg, vice president of mobile strategy at Jupitermedia Corp. and MobileDevicesToday.com. "It is a longer-term vision, but one focused on the key factor for real success -- the end-user experience."

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

CONTACT: Weber Shandwick, +1-425-452-5400, usmcb@webershandwick.com, for Microsoft Corp.

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