Microsoft Launches Smartphone
REDMOND, Wash. and LONDON -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of the Microsoft® Smartphone software to a crowd of more than 500 mobile operators, hardware and software vendors, customers, and members of the press gathered in London for the launch celebration. The Microsoft Windows® Powered Smartphone is a revolutionary mobile phone software platform that allows for more than just talking on the phone. Smartphone software keeps people in touch and entertained with unparalleled features in small, stylish mobile phones. Mobile operators worldwide can plan Smartphone offerings to subscribers, and further innovation on the Smartphone platform is likely to come from hardware vendors and software developers. “Microsoft has spent the last 27 years creating software that improves the way people live, work and communicate,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Now, we’re able to deliver a familiar and powerful software experience on a mobile phone to people around the world. Smartphone redefines what people can expect from their phone, offering them voice, e-mail, MSN® Messenger or Short Message Service (SMS). We’re very excited to bring the Smartphone to market.” The Windows Powered Smartphone takes mobile communications to the next level by offering the following key features:
- More than just talk. Above everything else, Smartphone software is designed for a great phone experience. With handsets exhibiting a small, stylish form factor designed for one-handed operation, long battery life, hardware dial pad, and easy-to-use phone features such as caller ID, conference calling and more, Smartphone devices are everything mobile phones should be and more. In addition, Smartphone allows users to choose their preferred method of communication — voice, e-mail, MSN Messenger or SMS — as well as enabling them to access information and services at any time.
- Easily accessible Outlook. Smartphone software redefines the mobile phone experience and extends usage beyond voice and text. The intuitive software enables seamless multitasking and provides a great companion to Outlook® on a mobile phone to manage contacts, calendar and tasks in a mobile environment.
- Personalization options. Smartphone devices equipped with high-resolution color screen and the ability to play digital media and mobile games make them outstanding mobile devices for work or for play. Personalization options such as ring tones, color schemes and home screens, mobile access to the Internet, and new mobile services provide users with a unique and thoroughly entertaining mobile phone experience.