MWC: Microsoft to launch new services on handsets

Microsoft will launch Internet Explorer 9, Twitter and Skydrive on handsets later this year as company looks to build mobile customer base

Microsoft will launch Internet Explorer 9, Twitter and Skydrive on its Windows handsets later this year.

The announcements were made today in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress by Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

Internet Explorer 9 will also be made launched on Windows Phone later this year and will be available to download for free on all devices running Windows Phone 7.

Ballmer said the beta version of Internet Explorer 9 has been downloaded by more than 25 million people already on a PC.

Microsoft has also announced a partnership with Twitter to launch the social networking site in its operating system, which will be available on all Windows Mobile handsets later this year.

The application will feature within the Microsoft Windows ‘People’ hub on the main screen. The ‘People’ hub contains all social networking accounts which can be update in one place.

Microsoft said all Windows will also enable customers to upload pictures to its Skydrive service. Customers simply need to log in to or create a Skydrive,, account.

All images taken on the phone can then be stored in the cloud.

Ballmer also claimed since the launch of Windows 7 last year research has shown 93 per cent of customers are “thrilled” with the Windows handsets and 9 out of 10 people have become “evangelists” and would recommend it to others.

Windows 7 has launched more than 8,000 applications since launch and has more than a million developers.

Other updates to launch include integrating the device with Xbox Kinect

Ballmer said: “People are now choosing a platform, not just a phone.

“Windows Phone will continue to be the best place for operators to add value.

“We have made a strong start but we have work still to do but we will continue to invest to make them even better.

“2011 is shaping up to be a fast paced year and a great year.”

Full story will be available in next issue of Mobile News

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