Microsoft Demonstrates Mobile Internet Solutions at GSM World Congress

CANNES, France, Feb. 1, 2000 — This week at the GSM World Congress, Microsoft Corp. will demonstrate its position as a key driver of the mobile Internet by showcasing solutions that enable operators of global system for mobile communication (GSM) and other networks to deliver secure, next-generation network services for their consumer and business customers. Through the consumer and corporate user scenarios on display, Microsoft will show how it is working with the GSM industry to deliver on its promise to provide information access any time, anywhere, and from any device.

Microsoft’s flexible and scalable solutions span a range of standards-based software products and services including Microsoft® Mobile Explorer, Windows® for Smart Cards, the Internet Cellular Smart Access (ICSA) e-mail server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft BackOffice® family products and MSN TM Mobile Services. With these solutions, GSM operators and their partners can take advantage of the benefits of using industry-standard technologies to deploy mobile data services on today’s networks as well as on the higher-bandwidth networks to come in the near future.

“Together with industry partners, Microsoft software provides a platform that GSM operators can use to develop value-added services for customers using wireless devices,”
said Hjalmar Winbladh, general manager of the Mobile Internet Business Unit at Microsoft.
“We are excited to come to this important worldwide event for the first time and show how our interoperable, scalable solutions are already meeting customer demand for new consumer and corporate mobile Internet services and make the vision of any time, anywhere information access a reality.”

Scenarios for consumer and corporate environments based on Microsoft technologies are being demonstrated in Microsoft Stand D13. The solutions enable GSM and other leading network operators to differentiate their offerings and increase overall revenues by delivering next-generation services on current and upcoming networks. Scenarios will include the following:

  • Corporate mobile data services. Microsoft’s mobile data solutions for corporate users provide wireless remote access to Microsoft Exchange-hosted corporate data via Internet-enabled mobile devices ranging from Microsoft Mobile Explorer-powered mobile phones to Windows CE-based Palm-size PCs. The demonstration is hosted on the infrastructure currently deployed in user trials being conducted by Microsoft and British Telecommunications PLC with five corporate customers in Norway and the United Kingdom. The demonstration shows how carriers can deliver e-mail, and schedule and contact information to corporate customers on a wireless network.

  • Consumer- and SOHO-focused mobile Internet services. Microsoft offers a complete end-to-end solution for consumer and small office-home office (SOHO) users that brings Outlook® functionality to the mobile subscriber, enabling the delivery of personal information anywhere, any time, to any device. It features Microsoft ICSA 3.5, a new platform that allows mobile operators to deliver mobile Internet services. With ICSA 3.5, subscribers get a full range of mobile services from simple telephone-based e-mail to fast Internet connectivity. Functions to be demonstrated include Web-based e-mail with POP3 polling, WAP support, and smart reply.

  • Windows for Smart Cards. GSM subscriber identity module (SIM) card support will be demonstrated using a mobile telephone to log on to Windows 2000 to retrieve Microsoft Exchange-hosted calendar, contact and e-mail information. Also shown will be the ability to take advantage of the digital signing and value storage capability of Windows for Smart Cards for e-commerce. GSM SIM support in Windows for Smart Cards enables carriers to provide enhanced customized services that include e-mail, calendar, stock quotes and other Internet applications.

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