As expected, Microsoft has formed a joint venture with wireless communications provider Qualcomm to expand the ways users can access the Internet from devices such as phones, PCs and Web kiosks.
The venture, to be known as Wirelessknowledge, will base its services on the Windows CE operating system and Microsoft Backoffice applications and will be accessible over different formats of wireless wide area networks, including GSM, CDMA, TDMA, CDPD and Mobitex.
"Wirelessknowledge services will enable carriers to offer their mobile customers access to data and applications securely over their choice of wireless networks and enterprise systems," the companies said in a statement.
They added that they would also be working together on incorporating Windows CE into application specific chips and a range of wireless devices.
Products would be available from early next year to enable carriers to sell data services, such as messaging, email and access to Exchange based networks, the statement added.
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