Microsoft Snuggles With AT&T For Windows Phones

by admin February 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

AT&T (NYSE:T) has been vilified by iPhone users who’ve been frustrated with its service, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) from naming the carrier a “premier partner” for the launch of Windows Phone 7 devices in the U.S.

While it’s not entirely clear what privileges will be conveyed by premier partner status, Microsoft will be “deeply engaged” with both AT&T and Orange to bring Windows Phone 7 devices to market on a wide range of devices, according to Andy Lees, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business.

“We’re working with them side by side so that they can provide their differentiation through unique software and services on their networks,” Lees said Tuesday at a press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Olaf Swantee, senior executive vice president for Orange’s global mobile business, offered more insight, explaining that the European carrier will work with Microsoft to handle not only distribution of Windows Phone 7 devices, but also services and support.

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