Microsoft Mobile

HONG KONG, Feb 12, 2007 (AFP) – Microsoft announced Monday its new version of its Windows operating systems for mobile devices and said it won new Asian partners hoping to gain more market share from competitors, Symbian and Nokia. The US computer giant said Windows Mobile 6 has been added new features previously only available to personal computers (PC) with text and images displayed as it would be on a PC.

“Windows Mobile 6 was really designed to help bring more of your desktop PC experience to a mobile device,” said Chris Sorensen, lead product manager at Microsoft’s Asia Pacific and Japan mobile and embedded devices division.

Sorensen said two new Asian partners have joined the company to provide the operating systems on their devices, on top of the seven Asian mobile service providers and device maker.

The new partners include Japanese mobile phone operator Softbank and South Korea’s LG Electronics.

Sorensen said Asia is a key growth market for Microsoft and expects to invest more in the region although he declined to quantify the investment.

According to global technology research company IDC’s 2005 figures, 63.1 percent of the world’s mobile workers in 2005 come from Asia.

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