Microsoft executives today confirmed that the company is working with several mobile phone companies on producing GSM Windows CE handsets, as well as British Telecom on the server side.
Windows CE marketing manager Greg Levin said that he was not able to name the companies involved at this point, but that Windows CE based GSM handsets would appear on the market within a year.
He said that he believed Microsoft is better positioned for success in the smart phone market than rival Ericsson, Nokia Psion tie up, Symbian because it is able to provide and end to end solution.
"Symbian has a different approach. It has a great operating system, but it hasn't made clear what it will do right the way through. We have a client operating system and we are also doing work on the server technology with British Telecom," said Levin.
"End to end provision is what will make this a multi million dollar market. It's hard to see how Symbian are going to build an industry around their offering," he added.
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