The software giant plans to integrate technology from MotionBridge, a provider of search tools for mobile operators and wireless devices, with its MSN and Windows Live services.
announced that it has purchased MotionBridge, a maker of mobile Internet search technologies marketed to wireless carriers, for an undisclosed amount of money.
First detailed by Microsoft officials at the 3GSM World Congress
conference in Barcelona, Spain, the acquisition will be used to extend the search capabilities already offered by the software giants MSN online business unit.
Based in Paris, MotionBridge currently provides its mobile device Web search tools to major carriers in North America and Europe, including Sprint, T-Mobile and Orange.
In addition to expanding MSNs search capabilities, Microsoft said MotionBridges products, which include its Classic platform for feature phones and its Wizard search engine for smart phones, will be integrated with Windows Live services.
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Windows Live, a new set of Web-based productivity applications including a revamped version of Microsofts Hotmail hosted e-mail service, is expected to be officially launched sometime in 2006. Microsoft introduced beta versions of some of the Windows Live services in late 2005.
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Most notably, the company unveiled a new wireless e-mail client meant to compete with Research in Motions dominant BlackBerry devices. Microsofts client, Direct Push, will be offered by carriers that include Cingular Wireless, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone.
Introduced as part of the software makers emerging Windows Mobile 5.0 platform for wireless devices, the client will be integrated with Microsoft Outlook, which is the most popular desktop e-mail application in the world.
Microsofts Mobile and Embedded Devices division, which recently filed its first-ever profitable quarter, also signed a deal with Palm in 2005 to have its software loaded onto the device makers newest Treo handhelds, which have already reached the market.
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