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Microsoft unveils new Windows Phones

Zafar Anjum | Oct. 8, 2009
Microsoft expects partners to deliver more than 30 new phones in more than 20 countries by the end of 2009.

SINGAPORE, 8 OCTOBER 2009 Software and services giant Microsoft has unveiled a new line of Windows phones around the world.

The phones are available in a broad range of styles and prices. They come with touch navigation facility (people can navigate their phone with the touch of a finger) and a mobile browser, the tech company said.

People want to connect quickly to people and information that's important to them, at work and at home, said Natasha Kwan, general manager, Asia, mobile communications business, Microsoft at the Asia Pacific launch of the phones in Singapore yesterday. A Windows phone lets people take their entire world of digital information, communications, applications and entertainment with them wherever they go.

Microsoft expects partners to deliver more than 30 new phones in more than 20 countries by the end of 2009. New Windows phones in Asia that are available at launch include ZTE X60 from China Unicom and HTC Touch Diamond from Telstra. Other phones that are available on the open market in Asia are Acer beTouch E100, beTouch E101, beTouch E200 and Acer neoTouch; Garmin-ASUS nüvifone M20; HTC Snap, HTC Touch Pro2, HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch2; LG GM730 and LG GM550; Samsung Omnia II and Samsung Omnia PRO B7320, and Omnia PRO B7330.

One phone for work and play

Windows phones are targeted at people who can rely on their phone to balance their lives, from work to home to play.

Whether it's editing a document or sharing several vacation updates through a social networking application, Windows phones help people stay connected to the people and information they care about most, said a Microsoft spokesperson.

People can create personalised themes for their Windows phone by choosing the color and design that suits their style. People can choose from 20 themes at the moment. Other features of the phones include:

•    A new enhanced Windows Live experience with What's New feeds and improved Windows Live photo sharing across major social networking sites (such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Flickr)

•    A best-in-class e-mail experience and the ability to manage multiple accounts right from their phone with Outlook Mobile and Exchange Server synchronisation

•    The ability to use PowerPoint and open and edit Word and Excel documents from their phone with Microsoft Office Mobile

•    The power to sync files on the phone through Windows Live Media Manager and play media files seamlessly with Windows Media Player

•    A redesigned Windows Internet Explorer mobile browser with Adobe Flash Lite  

Mobile services

Microsoft also launched two new services to go with the phones: My Phone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile.


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