Friday, May 05, 2006

Qualcomm and Microsoft join hands

QUALCOMM is looking to jump on the Windows Mobile operating system bandwagon. Microsoft and QUALCOMM announced a collaboration agreement that has the ultimate goal of porting the Windows Mobile operating system to QUALCOMM's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets. The collaboration will lead to a new line of Window Mobile phones with extended battery life.

The new push e-mail capabilities of Windows Mobile 5.0 based devices--when used with a 2003 Exchange Server environment--are spurring interest into what could be a serious competitor for Research In Motion, which developed the BlackBerry technology. The most attractive thing about Microsoft's push e-mail solution is that there is no middle-man server to worry about, since everything is based within Exchange.

That being said, it's probably no wonder that QUALCOMM wants a piece of the action. Wireless providers want to be able to provide their customers with a Windows Mobile device. QUALCOMM simply wants to ensure those devices have its chipsets within them. Deciding not to do something with Windows Mobile based devices was probably no longer an option for QUALCOMM.

Read more from the joint press release.

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