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Published on: 06 February, 2009 by PhoneArena Team http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Micr...le-a_3985.html Okay, now this is a spicy ... Windows Smartphones forum

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    Microsoft to Manufacture Own Smartphone

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    Published on: 06 February, 2009 by PhoneArena Team
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    Okay, now this is a spicy one – according to some rumors, Apple will soon have to face some serious competition in the face of its notorious rival, Microsoft. A research, conducted by Broadpoint AmTech, has arrived at a conclusion that the developer is working to release its own smartphone to the market. The analysts Mark McKechnie and Rob Sandserson cite “multiple industry sources”, and claim that the product will be released sometime during the second half of this year. The idea behind this project is obviously an attempt for a closer integration between software (the Windows Mobile platform) and hardware.

    Probably, most of you are already wondering which will be the version of the operating system that the device is going to run. Having in mind that WM7 is expected to see the light of day no sooner than April, 2010, we can draw the conclusion that the phone will possibly run the 6.5 version. That is, of course, if Microsoft is to deliver it to the market according to schedule. It is said that the platform will utilize elements of the Zune interface , but in a more touch-friendly manner. Other details are very scarce, but we can still point out that NVIDIA’s Tegra chipset is rumored to be integrated in order to provide some advanced 3D and HD video support.

    All this sounds really interesting, but still, keep in mind that Steve Ballmer and some other Microsoft officials are still maintaining the position that their company would prefer to license the Windows Mobile operating system to more established smartphone manufacturers. However, our advice is to consider everything possible. After all, we’re talking about Microsoft here.

    Could this really be the beginnings of a real Iphone Killer?
    Is Microsoft trying to make a strong comeback in the industry of mobile devices?

    Who knows......dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn.....lol
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    What does Microsoft have to do with this?

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    Ummm, that's what I was wondering too...

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    Ok was working on two things at one time... the corrected story is there

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    Lol kk

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    Here is a bit more on this story from Business Week
    For the past few years, Microsoft has been losing share in PCs to Apple. It’s been losing huge money on the Web. And it’s been badly shown up in mobile phones, where Apple and Research and Motion have far more momentum and even Palm seems to have more mindshare. But now, the company is preparing plans to do what no other company is as well-positioned—at least on paper—to do: tie the PC, Web and phone together.
    On Feb. 16 at the Mobile World Congress, CEO Steve Ballmer will announce the outlines of the plan. He’ll unveil a service called My Phone, that allows anyone with a Windows Mobile phone to automatically have their photos, contacts, calendar items, favorite websites and other data backed-up on a web-site hosted by Microsoft. The service, which will be a beta version, will be free to anyone that has a phone running a version of Windows Mobile 6.....

    .....Contrary to persistent rumors, Microsoft sources say the company has no plans to build its own phones, but will rely on traditional phone partners such as Samsung, Sony Ericsson and others. Mary Jo Foley at All About Microsoft seems to have it right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryF View Post
    Here is a bit more on this story from Business Week

    COme on when have you ever known Microsoft to be upfront and honest about potential future ventures..... you never tell what your doing before you know that your fully capable of doing it...

    "keep in mind that Steve Ballmer and some other Microsoft officials are still maintaining the position that their company would prefer to license the Windows Mobile operating system to more established smartphone manufacturers."

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    To compete with the iPhone, are they going to make "the Zune Phone"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by j llama View Post
    To compete with the iPhone, are they going to make "the Zune Phone"?

    Thats exactly what i see happening there will be a phone version for the Zune.... after keep in mind Apple started with the Ipod before the Iphone and if you want to be technical the Iphone is simply an Ipod with phone capabilities.......

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo.....ha

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