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The Register: Bill's big deals go MIA - rolls out MSN Mobile 2 instead

Feb 29, 2000, 22:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Numerous dogs didn't bark when Bill Gates delivered his keynote speech at Wireless 2000 in New Orleans yesterday. A leaked memo earlier in the month had trailed a dazzling list of deals Microsoft was on the point of clinching, and which Bill could use for his keynote, but they seem to have been delayed."

"So what happened? Did Bill's speech writers get over-excited and over-optimistic about what could be achieved before February 28th, or was it all spin, a deliberate leak intended to bounce a few telcos into a deal?"

"Whatever, as the big names weren't available to salute, Bill was forced to fall back on his old friends from Qualcomm to produce a Pocket PC-based reference design for CDMA wireless systems. Still a bit niche, this one, and then there's the small matter of the Symbian-Qualcomm deal announced yesterday as well..."

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