Microsoft, Bouygues Telecom collaborate

7th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

SAN FRANCISCO, July 6, 2006 (AFP) - US software colossus Microsoft and Bouygues Telecom will collaborate to launch a new mobile music service in France in 2007, the companies announced Thursday.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 6, 2006 (AFP) - US software colossus Microsoft and Bouygues Telecom will collaborate to launch a new mobile music service in France in 2007, the companies announced Thursday.

Word of the alliance broke as Microsoft remained mum on reports that by the Christmas season it would unleash a handheld music and video player to compete with Apple Computer's dominant iPod.

Windows Media software made by the Redmond, Washington, company would be incorporated in a "next-generation music offering" to be launched in France in the first half of next year, according to the companies.

Bouygues cellphones would be tailored for the service.

"By using Microsoft’s proven Windows Media technologies, we meet customers needs and requests for better integration of their mobile handsets into the home digital ecosystem," Bouygues Multimedia Mobile Director Benoît Louvet said in a release.

"With this improvement, mobile handsets will communicate more easily and smoothly with other multimedia devices."

Bouygues Telecom will take advantage of the ability of Windows Media to deliver content either wirelessly to mobile handsets or via the Internet to Windows-based personal computers, the company said.

Bouygues handsets will be able to play music downloaded from more than 100 online music services around the world and also support music content "ripped" from CDs.

Content purchased from the Bouygues service will be compatible for playback on Windows-based computers and more than 120 portable media player models, according to Microsoft.

"Our collaboration will extend the growing landscape of interoperable devices and scenarios using the Windows Media platform," Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft, said in a release.

"We’re committed to innovating and evolving our digital media technologies in ways that enable our partners to deliver entirely new mobile entertainment offerings."

Copyright AFP

Subject: French News

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