Microsoft and BT are reported to be preparing to announce their collaboration on wireless access to the Internet later this afternoon.
The two companies are expected to develop a portfolio of wireless Internet and data service devices for corporate customers. The alliance will be a direct attack against Symbian, a venture between Psion, Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia to design wireless information devices for the mobile voice and data market. Symbian services will be based around Psion's 32 bit Epoc operating system.
The market for wireless information kit is set to explode as faster networks are introduced that can send and receive data more effectively.
Microsoft is already working with US wireless specialist Qualcomm under the Wireless Knowledge venture. Services will be based on the Windows CE operating system and Microsoft Backoffice applications and will be accessible over different formats of wireless networks, including GSM, CDMA, TDMA, CDPD and Mobitex.
Neither BT or Microsoft would comment on the reports.
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