|Danke für den Hinweis furby. Jetzt habe ich den Artikel auch gefunden und das könnte wirklich ein Grund dafür sein. Jetzt bin ich gespannt ob Psion die 40 ? halten kann. Da hat ja unser billy boy wieder einmal .... ;)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--December 8, 1999--
Partnership to Deliver Vision of Convenient and Fast Access to
Information Any Time, Anywhere, On Any Device
Ericsson and Microsoft to Form Joint Company
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) today announced a strategic
partnership to develop and market end-to-end solutions for the wireless Internet, based on a shared vision
of convenient and fast access to information anytime, anywhere, from any device. Ericsson and Microsoft
will form a joint company to market and deliver mobile e-mail solutions for network operators. Ericsson
will own the majority share of the new company.
As part of the partnership -- the first between the two companies -- Ericsson will provide its Wireless
Application Protocol (WAP) stack to Microsoft and will adopt Microsoft(R) Mobile Explorer for feature
phones, giving operators, developers and consumers more choice and functionality in developing, delivering
and accessing wireless information and services.
The joint company will focus on building, marketing and deploying solutions that utilize Microsoft
Windows NT(R) Server and Exchange platforms, and Ericsson's infrastructure and mobile Internet
technologies. This will give wireless operators access to the most reliable and feature-rich communications
and mobile data infrastructure.
"The mobile Internet is part of Ericsson's vision of convenient and user-friendly information access and
wireless e-mail," said Kurt Hellström, president of Ericsson. "Bringing together Microsoft's strengths in
Internet and enterprise messaging software and our leadership as an open communications solutions
provider of mobile voice and data will offer tremendous ease of use for consumers all over the world."
"Mobile Internet access and services are crucial for realizing Microsoft's vision of empowering
knowledge workers and consumers through software any time, anywhere and on any device," said Steve
Ballmer, president, Microsoft. "As the world leader in mobility and mobile communications, Ericsson is an
ideal partner to help deliver this vision. This partnership is a strong confirmation of our commitment to help
the industry deploy new mobile products and services worldwide."
Microsoft and Ericsson also agreed to collaborate in their support of developing open industry standards
-- including Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), WAP and Bluetooth -- enabling next-generation wireless
solutions that work more seamlessly with local area networks and other electronics products.
Companies to Collaborate on Microbrowser Technology
Ericsson will adopt Microsoft Mobile Explorer for feature phones on applicable Ericsson phones and
this solution will include the Ericsson WAP stack. This new dual-mode microbrowser displays both HTML
and WAP 1.1-compliant content, thus eliminating the need for operators and developers to choose
between technologies. Microsoft Mobile Explorer is a modular mobile phone platform for enabling secure
corporate data access, e-mail, Internet, location-based services and electronic commerce from feature
phones and smart phones. Mobile professionals and consumers benefit by being able to access information
and services based on either standard. Network operators benefit from a standard approach that can
lower costs while boosting customer loyalty by providing value-added services.
Enabling End-to-End Wireless Messaging and Information Access
With the new joint company, Microsoft and Ericsson will work collaboratively to develop new solutions
that seamlessly connect enterprise e-mail with public wireless e-mail services, based on Microsoft
Exchange Server and Ericsson wireless infrastructure products. The company will also use the Microsoft
messaging platform to optimize client software, access technologies and applications.
The new solutions will allow users to access information, personal information managers (PIMs) and
e-mail from any wireless device, while giving carriers the ability to offer services based on the Microsoft
Companies to Collaborate on Open Standards and New Technologies
Microsoft and Ericsson will fully implement current versions and work with other partners to develop the
WAP, Bluetooth technology and UPnP. Also, Ericsson and Microsoft will promote the convergence of
WAP and Internet standards to XML, to the benefit of networks operators and customers.
Recognizing the importance of Bluetooth technology, Microsoft and Ericsson will work together and
with other Promoters in the Bluetooth SIG to evolve the technology to support future scenarios. In addition
to working together to integrate Bluetooth technology into their respective products, Microsoft and
Ericsson also have the mutual goal of ensuring a seamless experience for customers of Bluetooth-enabled
A press conference will be held tomorrow Thursday December 9, at Grand Hotel, Spegel Salen,
Stockholm. The press conference will begin at 2 p.m. CET. There will also be a conference call at 5 p.m.
More information about the conference call will be distributed later.
Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine
telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000
employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network operators,
service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over.
Please visit Ericsson's Press Room at: http://www.ericsson.se/pressroom
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software 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.
Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Microsoft, please visit the
Microsoft Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/ on Microsoft's corporate information pages.
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