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Kris Kumar
02-14-2005, 03:30 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6964593/' target='_blank'>http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6964593/</a><br /><br /></div><i>"Microsoft Corp. announced a partnership with Singapore-based Flextronics International Ltd. on Monday to market a new range of high-specification phones, running Windows Mobile, to handset makers and network operators worldwide. The deal between the world’s No.1 software company and the largest contract manufacturer of handsets comes as companies like Motorola Inc. and Samsung Electronics Ltd. are pushing to improve profits on high-tech ’smartphones’ and wireless services. Microsoft and Flextronics said the new “Peabody” phone platform — a blueprint from which any number of new models can be designed to order — would cut costs and production time."</i><br /><br />Looks like Microsoft and Flextronics are inspired by HTC Typhoon's success. And want to recreate the same magic with this "Peabody" phone platform. Wonder when we will be able to hear and see more about this newly announced venture? :P

Kris Kumar
02-14-2005, 03:46 AM
I am pretty excited about this venture. It also seems that Microsoft is disappointed with the slow adoption of Smartphones. Only two major cell phone manufacturers - Motorola and Samsung. And HTC is the only one that has shown positive results. Now Microsoft does not want the manufacturers and carriers to have any development related excuse for not carrying a Windows Mobile device. Smart move!

Read more about the announcement over here. (http://www.flextronics.com/News/PressReleases/PressReleases05/20050214SJA.pdf) [PDF file - Acrobat Reader required]

02-14-2005, 09:18 AM
Cheap smartphones please! :D