Microsoft, France Telecom partner for wVoIP

Microsoft and France Telecom have signed a deal to co-develop a dual-mode GSM/WiFi phone capable of using both cellular and wireless VoIP connections. The handset will use Microsoft's Smartphone platform and will be marketed to home users by France Telecom. The first products from the partnership will be available within a year. The two companies will also develop a new platform for video, data, and voice services using Microsoft's Connected Services Framework. No financial details of the partnership were released.

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