Feeds

Bill's big deals go MIA – rolls out MSN Mobile 2 instead

AT&T, BT, Sprint don't provide keynote-fodder after all

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Numerous dogs didn't bark when Bill Gates delivered his keynote speech at Wireless 2000 in New Orleans yesterday. A leaked memo earlier in the month had trailed a dazzling list of deals Microsoft was on the point of clinching, and which Bill could use for his keynote, but they seem to have been delayed. Microsoft has done deals with Nextel and Airtouch to support Microsoft MSN Mobile 2.0, which is intended to extend MSN services, including Hotmail, to wireless clients, but whatever happened to the really big deals? British Telecom, AT&T and Sprint didn't make it into Bill's speech, and as we expected, the Airtouch deal hasn't been converted into a much sexier, global deal with Vodafone-Airtouch. And that's not all. Microsoft has a stake in Nextel, bought last year, and has strong - albeit complicated - relations with AT&T and BT. But IBM announced a corporate wireless alliance with AT&T last week, and one with Nextel the week before. Big Blue had already done a deal with Sprint covering the same territory in December. All of these are in the same space as the current Microsoft-BT corporate wireless pilot occupies. Microsoft sees the provision of servers and BackOffice systems for corporate wireless users as one of the ways forward in this market, but it's becoming clear that the Suns and IBMs of this world are going to provide it with stiff competition. So what happened? Did Bill's speech writers get over-excited and over-optimistic about what could be achieved before February 28th, or was it all spin, a deliberate leak intended to bounce a few telcos into a deal? Whatever, as the big names weren't available to salute, Bill was forced to fall back on his old friends from Qualcomm to produce a Pocket PC-based reference design for CDMA wireless systems. Still a bit niche, this one, and then there's the small matter of the Symbian-Qualcomm deal announced yesterday as well... ® See also: Leaked MS email reveals deal plans with BT, AT&T, Airtouch

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.