October 1, 2010

Windows-powered Smartphone To Be Released October 11

Microsoft Corp. is planning to unveil a new Windows-powered smartphone October 11 which will be sold exclusively by AT&T, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

The Journal, citing sources "familiar with the launch plans," said the computer software company will offer three smartphones using the Windows Phone 7 operating system. The handsets will be manufactured by South Korea's Samsung and LG Electronics and Taiwan's HTC.

The Journal reported that AT&T will be the exclusive US carrier for the smartphones, which it will begin selling the week of November 8, nearly a month after Microsoft"Ëœs scheduled unveiling.

Microsoft's Windows operating system has been losing ground to Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and Google's Android mobile system and the launch is being seen as a way for the software giant to get back lost market share.

Market research firm Gartner said Microsoft's share in the smartphone sector will fall to 4.7 percent this year from 8.7 percent last year.

Microsoft trashed its "Kin" mobile telephones in June, after being on the market for only two months.

Microsoft told AFP in an email that it is "on track to deliver Windows Phone 7 this holiday" but would not comment on "rumors and speculation."


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