Microsoft Readies “BlackBerry Killer”

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Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Mobile upgrade, code-named Magneto, is designed to be a BlackBerry killer, said sources familiar with the ambitious plan. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant is on track to freeze the Windows Mobile 2005 ROM code in April and provide new technology in Exchange 2003 Server Pack 2 that will push e-mail out to mobile workers who use Pocket PCs and smartphones. Sources told CRN that Microsoft will unveil its Magneto plan at the Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference 2005 next month in Las Vegas. Microsoft decided to freeze the code and have it in mobile operators’ hands in June or July so that the next generation of devices is ready for the fall and holiday season, said a source close to the company.

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