Microsoft Corporation announced Friday its intention to release yet another version of Windows, this one designed for smart cards, in late 1999 or early 2000. Windows for Smart Cards, which supports the Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) platform, will enable a new generation of services for mobile phone customers in Europe, such as email, calendar, stock quotes and more.
"The Windows for Smart Cards platform is an innovative, customizable tool for GSM carriers that will enable them to add personalization and data-rich features to their services," said Jonathan Roberts, general manager of the Productivity Appliance Division at Microsoft. "With our platform, GSM carriers will not only be able to choose from multiple smart card vendors for their solutions but they will also be able to leverage the extensive developer community for Windows to continue to drive innovation and enhanced services for customers."
Windows for Smart Cards is an 8-bit operating system that supports multiple applications running simultaneously. Applications can be programmed with extensions to existing Visual Basic and Visual C++ environments