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WinInfo Daily UPDATE, February 14, 2005

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In the News

- Nokia Licenses Microsoft Technologies for Cell Phones
- Microsoft Signs Deal for Low-Cost Smartphone Platform

==== In the News ====

by Paul Thurrott, [email protected]

Nokia Licenses Microsoft Technologies for Cell Phones

In a deal that could mark the beginning of a less contentious relationship between the companies, cell phone giant Nokia has licensed key Microsoft technologies for digital media and email. Previously, Nokia had shown little interest in Microsoft's wares, largely because it saw the company's Windows Mobile platform as an up-and-coming competitor to Nokia's successful cell phones. Under terms of the agreement, Nokia will license various Microsoft Windows Media technologies, including Windows Media Audio (WMA), Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM) version 10, Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), and a Windows Media Player (WMP) plug-in for the MPEG Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) family of codecs. These technologies will let Nokia cell phones more easily integrate with WMP-based music on Windows XP-based PCs, the companies say.
"This agreement makes it easier for consumers to download the music they want to listen to, without having to worry about whether or not the file format is supported," Anssi Vanjoki, senior vice president and general manager of Nokia's Multimedia Business Group, said. "It's all about enabling choice without compromising compatibility. The broad-reaching popularity of Windows Media Player, its comprehensive feature set, and its support for service integration made it a natural choice for us when looking at the PC component of the mobile music solution we are offering to mobile operators."
Nokia will also use Microsoft technology to help its users wirelessly synchronize their email, calendar information, and address books between high-end Nokia phones and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. "Nokia is committed to answering the broader needs of enterprises across the world by giving them access to the widest possible choice of email and personal information solutions on the market today and tomorrow," Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general manager of Nokia's Enterprise Solutions Business Group, said.

Microsoft Signs Deal for Low-Cost Smartphone Platform

Microsoft is attempting to drive the success of its Windows Mobile-based Smartphones by creating a new, lower-cost platform, code-named Peabody, that will be made by original device manufacturer Flextronics, the company that manufacturers the Xbox. Flextronics will sell devices based on the Peabody platform to cell phone makers.
"The significance of this partnership \[is that we can now make\] extremely high-volume, low-cost devices that don't have any concessions in terms of functionality," John Starkweather, a product manager in the Mobile Devices division, said. The Peabody announcement came on the first day of the 3GSM World Congress 2005, a major cell phone show in Cannes, France.
Peabody is compatible with the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) cellular phone systems, but not with the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) system that Verizon and Sprint use. The new platform includes a wide range of functionality, including video, gaming, photos, and personal information manager (PIM) synchronization with Microsoft Office Outlook.

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