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Reuters: Microsoft looks left out of mobile frenzy

Jan 12, 2000, 16:39 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sara Ledwith)

"More big U.S. technology names lined up for a share of the wireless Internet boom on Tuesday, in a rising tide of partnerships which made global software leader Microsoft look increasingly isolated."

"Computing giant IBM and global software No.2 Oracle both rolled out deals to develop wireless Internet access and cash in on demand for extra information technology services as mobile phones evolve into mini-computers."

"IBM and Oracle both raised their profiles -- IBM as technology coordinator in a series of deals with mobile operator Vodafone Airtouch , Oracle in a tie-up with Cap Gemini . But Microsoft, the leading desktop software brand, was nowhere to be seen."

"For IBM, the Vodafone deal came just days after it said that in computing it would make the Linux alternative operating system -- which has won broader acceptance as an alternative to Microsoft's Windows -- a centre-piece of its hardware strategy."

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