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Nokia adds PlayReady to DRM lineup

Finnish vendor Nokia has added support for Microsoft’s PlayReady digital rights management (DRM) technology to its S60 and Series 40 device platforms. The Finnish company claims that by supporting PlayReady it will be easier for content owners and service providers “to offer premium digital content and enable more flexible business models, such as renting content [...]

Microsoft VoIP plan moves into final phase

Microsoft announced that its Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator client are code complete and were released to manufacturing on Friday. The move shift’s Microsoft’s unified communications strategy, of which VoIP is the ventral core, into its final phase before launch in the autumn. Speaking to telecoms.com at the ITU 2006 event in Hong [...]

Windows poised to conquer enterprise space

Microsoft Windows Mobile is poised to win high end enterprise customers from Research In Motion’s BlackBerry and the Symbian platform, according to a report from consulting firm BRC.BRC believes that Microsoft’s edge in the enterprise space will be enhanced by the number of tools available for extending corporate applications to mobiles. This is likely to [...]

Microsoft steps up VoIP plans

AT the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) earlier this week, Microsoft and nine others unveiled a new range of VoIP devices supported by the public beta program of Office Communications Server 2007 and Office Communicator 2007. ASUSTek, GN, LG-Nortel, NEC, Plantronics, Polycom, Samsung, Tatung and ViTELiX are working on the devices that claim to [...]

Microsoft: IMS is not for walled gardens

Speaking at the IMS World Forum 2.0 in Monte Carlo on Tuesday, Microsoft Communications Sector architect, Sam Christie, strongly criticised carriers hoping to maintain a walled-garden with IMS. “Maybe France Telecom is big enough to get all their content for cash payments and fill a walled garden,” he said, responding to Olivier Martel, France Telecom’s [...]

Xbox to get IM

Microsoft has expanded the communications options for Xbox 360 users by making Windows Live Messenger available on the games console. Consumer can now instant message each other across the Xbox 360, Windows-based PCs and Windows Mobile device platforms, opening up a community of more than 260 million active accounts, the Redmond Giant said. Beginning the [...]

Microsoft wants voice operated phones

Microsoft’s acquisition of voice recognition software developer Tellme Networks this week appears to be a bid to replace the humble dial tone. Financial terms of the acquisition were not revealed but Tellme’s 320 employees will continue to operate from the firm’s Mountain View, California headquarters as part of the Microsoft Business Division. Microsoft said the [...]

Microsoft, Interoute plan VoIP peering system

Microsoft and pan-European carrier, Interoute, plan to launch a service by June that will enable businesses using the software giant’s Live Communications Server (LCS) to interconnect their VoIP calls within “three mouse-clicks”. LCS, soon to be renamed Office Communications Server 2007, presents a competitive challenge to conventional business-VoIP systems by knitting telephony into Microsoft’s desktop [...]

DRM disagreements follow Microsoft launch

Microsoft has been criticised over its proprietary DRM solution ‘PlayReady’, launched Monday, for trying to eclipse the OMA’s open standard and risking market fragmentation. PlayReady will allow users to share protected pieces of content between mobile phones, PCs and other devices. Microsoft insists its solution is “platform agnostic” – however critics have rounded on the [...]

Zune phone in the works?

One of the rumours doing the rounds over the weekend is that Microsoft is intending to go down the same path as Apple and release a mobile phone based on its own portable media player, Zune. Details are scant at present but reports suggest that the device would look and feel very similar to the [...]

Windows Mobile hit by web bugs

Security experts this week warned of medium risk vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Windows Mobile that could lock users out of their own devices. US security firm Trend Micro released an advisory warning of a flaw in the Pictures and Videos application that ships with Windows Mobile 2003/2003SE and Windows Mobile 5.0 in both Smartphone and PocketPC [...]

MS and Nortel get together over comms

Microsoft and Nortel’s deepening co-operation has gone a step further, as the two companies announced a “road-map” for the development of new VoIP and messaging products and presented two major customers, Royal Dutch-Shell plc and International SOS of Singapore. Microsoft’s big interest in this field is to get into the market for enterprise level comms [...]

Sprint taps Microsoft for search services

US operator Sprint Nextel said Thursday that it has forged a partnership with Microsoft to develop new service offerings for Sprint’s business and consumer customers. The first consumer offering in this collaboration allows Sprint customers to use Windows Live Search on their mobile phones to access location-based content. The service is immediately available at no [...]

Microsoft will integrate VoIP into Vista

As Microsoft’s forthcoming flagship operating system, Windows Vista, was released to manufacturing on Wednesday, the company’s outspoken CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that VoIP would be an integral part of the platform. Although Microsoft has offered various software packages with VoIP functionality in the past, the company will include internet telephony at the operating system level [...]

T-Mobile Dashes into mobile email space

T-Mobile USA entered the mobile email fray late Thursday, unveiling its exclusive “Dash” Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone. The Dash device – also known as the Excalibur and manufactured by Taiwan’s High Tech Computer – looks very much like it is aimed straight for the BlackBerry/Motorola Q/Nokia E61 market. Whilst in Europe, SMS is the messaging [...]

BlackBerry to lose its crown – analyst

The Blackberry’s position as the dominant mobile email solution is coming to an end according to industry analyst IDC . The analyst group says Microsoft’s involvement with Motorola, Palm, and others, as well as Nokia’s commitment to an end-to-end strategy, threaten the Blackberry’s stronghold in the enterprise market. Viewing the mobile email arena as “a [...]

Zune goes wi-fi to take on Apple

Software giant Microsoft has wi-fi-enabled its forthcoming Zune portable media player device in a bid to unseat the iPod from its throne. Late Thursday, the Redmond Giant gave consumers a sneaky peek of the device, with which it will go toe to toe with the 500 pound gorilla of the digital music player market – [...]

Amnesty shames big 3 on China

Operators and manufacturers considering which IP applications to put on their mobiles will be mindful of a campaign by Amnesty International which is urging UK users to email Microsoft, Google and Yahoo asking why they operate in China. The civil liberties/human rights group is upping the pressure on three of the biggest names in technology, [...]

Yahoo and Microsoft link IM

Microsoft and Yahoo have made good on a promise to make their instant messaging solutions interoperate. On Thursday the pair will release a limited beta of a new instant messaging service that will let Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to communicate with each other. Till now, the combined user base of 350 [...]

Palm readies new smartphone for Europe

A new smartphone is being developed by former PDA champion Palm, in conjunction with Vodafone and Microsoft, the companies said Thursday. The Treo handset will run on Vodafone’s 3G network with Windows Mobile 5.0 and will be aimed squarely at the enterprise with its push e-mail capability. The new phone will be available to Vodafone [...]

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