The move allows Qualcomm's customers to develop "smart phones" that run Microsoft's mobile operating system and offer computer-like functions such as e-mail, mobile TV, and word processing, the companies said.
This is a much needed boost to Microsoft's weakish mobile phone penetration and one that should see a more rapid proliferation of Windows Mobile across wireless devices. And given that mobile phone subscribers should top 3 billion (!!) next year, it is vital that Microsoft make much more rapid headway.
But 2006 may prove to be a turning poinnt for Windows Mobile and as a result the "smart phone" category as a whole. Next year will see mobile TV finally start to become a reality as well.