Vodafone postpones Microsoft launch

22 Dec 2003

UK-based mobile phone giant Vodafone says it is delaying plans to introduce a Microsoft-developed operating system, with chief executive Arun Sarin intimating that Bill Gates’ company needs to improve the system before Vodafone would consider using it in its handsets. The news is yet another blow to Microsoft’s ambitions to stake a claim in the 3G market and follows hard on the heels of a decision by Japan’s dominant wireless operator NTT DoCoMo earlier this month to use the OS platforms of companies such as Symbian and open-source Linux systems in preference to Microsoft. Despite the latest setback, Mr Sarin said he had not turned his back on Microsoft entirely but ‘in our view, it’s not quite ready for prime time’.

United Kingdom, Vodafone Group