Microsoft Unveils Windows Powered Smartphone And Pocket PC Software for CDMA Networks

New Software Extends Microsoft's Windows Technology to Mobile Device

Subscriber Footprint Covering Most of the United States

Jan 06, 2003, 00:00 ET from Microsoft Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:   MSFT)
 today announced the availability of its Windows(R) Powered Smartphone and
 Pocket PC software for CDMA and broadband CDMA (1xRTT) networks. The new
 release delivers the same compelling Pocket PC and Smartphone software
 available for GSM/GPRS networks. Now CDMA-focused device manufacturers and
 mobile operators can ready Smartphone and Pocket PC products for market
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     Building on its strategy of providing flexible and broadly-compatible
 software for wireless computing customers, Microsoft is empowering mobile
 operators, device manufacturers and developers to bring the power and
 versatility of wireless Windows Powered smart devices to CDMA subscribers.
 This software release opens the door to new revenue opportunities, greater
 flexibility and a larger marketplace. Microsoft expects the final Pocket PC
 Phone Edition and Smartphone products for CDMA networks to become available
 later this year.
     Microsoft's investment in CDMA is in response to the technology's growth
 both in the United States, where CDMA is the most widely deployed network, and
 abroad, where CDMA adoption has increased 31 percent since last year.*
     "Microsoft recognizes that our device manufacturer and mobile operator
 customers use different network technologies; with the recent growth of
 worldwide CDMA subscribers, the time is right for us to support this key
 technology," said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president of the Mobile
 Devices Division at Microsoft. "With CDMA support for the Smartphone and
 Pocket PC, Microsoft hopes to ignite innovation and business opportunity, and
 delight users with smart, wireless computing on any network."
     Device manufacturers and mobile operators can now take advantage of the
 rich functionality, customization and flexibility of Microsoft's Smartphone
 and Pocket PC software to deliver new customer benefits such as rich media,
 personal and corporate e-mail services, and instant messaging. Today, more
 than ever, developers of Windows can extend their expertise and applications
 to Windows Powered smart devices, knowing that the marketplace for wireless
 Pocket PC and Smartphone-based products will grow substantially with the
 completion of this CDMA software.
     Microsoft has been working closely with leading CDMA companies that
 expressed their support for this announcement.
     "With the potential growth of mobile computing and dynamic multimedia
 services on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network, we look forward to
 being able to offer our customers the advanced data services enabled by
 Microsoft's Windows Powered software for CDMA networks," said John Garcia,
 senior vice president of sales and distribution for the PCS division of
     "As wireless handsets evolve to offer richer applications and greater
 Internet-browsing capabilities and to further meet the needs of consumers'
 fast-paced lifestyles, the availability of powerful, dependable software to
 support these advanced features is critical," said Peter Skarzynski, senior
 vice president of the wireless terminals division at Samsung. "Samsung is
 pleased to be working with Microsoft to bring new CDMA devices, such as our
 i700, to market in the first half of 2003. Consumers and business
 professionals will be able to enjoy the familiar Microsoft interface on a
 sleek Samsung CDMA wireless device with the benefit of a brilliant color
 screen and an integrated camera."
     "Microsoft's Windows Powered software for CDMA networks brings Hitachi's
 excellence in hardware to the next level, allowing its Multimedia Communicator
 based on Pocket PC Phone Edition to bring feature-rich multimedia applications
 such as e-mail, photos and rich data to CDMA network subscribers. Hitachi is
 pleased to extend its global leadership in the worldwide electronics industry
 by bringing the first-ever Windows Powered device for CDMA networks to
 market," said Shigeru Matsuoka, general manager of the Mobile Information &
 Communication Appliance Division of the Ubiquitous Platforms Systems Group at
 Hitachi Ltd.
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services
 and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company
 offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people
 through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.
     * CDMA Development Group (CDG), Dec. 4, 2002
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