Microsoft challenges BlackBerry with Magneto

By Derek Sooman on April 11, 2005, 6:06 PM
There will be a forthcoming upgrade to the Windows Mobile operating system, codenamed Magneto. This new technology will feature a push email application designed to rival the widely installed BlackBerry server software from Research in Motion.

"Microsoft aims to kill BlackBerry," an insider told CRN. "Every corporate type has a BlackBerry, and they all have Outlook. What is the cost going to be to RIM Server when Exchange Service Pack and Magneto come out and they're not priced? Microsoft is giving it away for free."

Magneto will attempt to deal with some of the more concerning shortcomings with Windows Mobile in terms of friendliness to the end user - there will be a new user interface, and better support for higher resolutions. There will also be improved video support via Windows Media 10, better keyboard support, enhanced Word and Excel with charts, a mobile chat application called Pocket MSN.

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