Compaq and Microsoft have joined forces to launch a European Mobile Enterprise Initiative, aimed at making it easier for companies to rollout applications based on PC companion type devices.
The two companies kicked off the scheme at the Cebit trade fair in Hannover today. Greg Levin, Windows CE marketing manager at Microsoft, said the initiative had grown in response to customer requests for assistance and best practice advice in deploying these types of systems.
"We've had a tremendous response from our corporate customers in deploying these tools to workers who previously haven't had any access to technology," he said.
The first steps of the project will include establishing a European corporate mobility advisory council made up of IT managers. These groups will meet regularly to advise Compaq and Microsoft on product design and applications, in addition to sharing best practices from the deployment of mobile business applications.
"We've had requests from many customers who are deploying these solutions, many of which they are designing themselves, for advice. They are also interested in sharing data with other companies doing similar things," added Levin.
It is a joint initiative between Compaq and Microsoft, but will also include a range of ISVs, integrators and service providers from across Europe.
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