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Microsoft And The Mobile Dongle

Read this one carefully….Microsoft wants to get inside your mobile phone, and Vodafone can help… Has Microsoft finally established a beachhead into the lucrative but elusive European mobile market? Or is the dongle just one more vaporware announcement?

Microsoft and Vodafone hope the device will spur people to buy things using micropayments….Microsoft senior VP Pieter Knook claims that the emergence of a micropayment infrastructure will unleash a torrent of software development activity that will deliver as yet unimagined programs to the market. This, he says, will transform the mobile-phone industry into one that is software powered. Gates told the [ITU] Geneva audience that such synergies will “bring [voice and data] together in ways that people eventually will just take for granted.”