Microsoft Cell Phone by 2010 - Rumors
The software giant Microsoft Corp. and Verizon Wireless are in discussion to launch a touch-screen multimedia cell phone on the carrier's network early in 2010. Microsoft is a major player in software for cellphones, but it is working hard to develop a new device that will rival Apple's iPhone.
According to the published information, Microsoft’s cell-phone will belong to a rather mystifying “Pink” project, which is usually considered as a yet another part of broad Zune initiative.
Verizon, meanwhile, is pushing on several fronts to extend its smart-phone offerings and compete with AT&T Inc., which is the iPhone's exclusive U.S. carrier.
The Microsoft-Verizon relationship is evolving from a search-and-advertising partnership the companies struck early this year. The companies have been working on the Pink project for several months, but haven't yet decided key details such as how the device would be branded, one person familiar with the situation said.
No technical details regarding Microsoft’s first own-brand cell.