Microsoft launches Mobile Explorer platform

Microsoft has announced the launch of its open-source Internet-enabled mobile phone software, Microsoft Mobile Explorer.

Microsoft has announced the launch of its open-source Internet-enabled mobile phone software, Microsoft Mobile Explorer (MME).

The modular wireless application platform will work with data-enabled telephones and next-generation smart phones, including WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) phones, Microsoft said in a statement. WAP technology allows Web pages written in WML (Wireless Markup Language) to be accessed by compatible mobile phones.

Also be used through the MME platform will be SMS (Short Messaging Service), SIM Toolkit and Bluetooth technologies, Microsoft said.

This is part of Microsoft's renewed efforts to push its wireless mobile phone platform that was first demonstrated by CEO Bill Gates in October at Telecom 99 in Geneva.

The MME platform is part of Microsoft's end-to-end wireless suite of products and services including Microsoft Exchange Server, the BackOffice family and MSN Mobile Services, the company said.

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