Sony Ericsson to launch Windows Mobile phones

Sony Ericsson plans to launch its first handset based on the Windows Mobile operating system by the end of the year.

Sony Ericsson to launch Windows Mobile phones

The world’s fourth-biggest mobile phone maker has also unveiled six new handsets, including two additional touchscreen phones, a Walkman music phone with 8GB of memory and a dust-resistant camera phone.

The Microsoft deal means Nokia remains the only top five mobile phone manufacturer (excluding Apple) not to offer Windows Mobile.

The Finnish company does license software for music and e-mail from Microsoft, but not the whole operating system. “We’d love Nokia to do it,” says Scott Horn, marketing manager of Microsoft’s mobile business. “We have a very good relationship with Nokia. I think our hope is that at some point they say: ‘Why not just license the whole thing?'”

Sony Ericsson’s Windows Mobile model, named the X1, will be a slider phone with a typewriter-style qwerty keyboard and touch screen.

Horn says he is confident of reaching the company’s goal of selling at least 20 million smartphones with partners by the end of Microsoft’s fiscal year at the end of June.

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