We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
 
75,052 News Articles

Microsoft gears up for wireless

'Stinger' technology for smart phones

Microsoft is putting some sting into its wireless plans. New technology dubbed 'Stinger' will essentially be the software framework for Internet-enabled smart phones.

The software giant, of course, hopes Stinger will become as ubiquitous as Windows.

At the moment, there's only a prototype of a Stinger device, previewed by Microsoft representatives yesteraday.

It has a large colour screen to display text and images, and a Web browser. Its other built-in applications are a mobile version of Microsoft Outlook, a calendar, and a contacts list.

The goal is a device that includes functions of a personal digital assistant but is still primarily a mobile phone, says Ben Waldman, Microsoft vice president in charge of Pocket PC and wireless applications.

The mobile version of Outlook will enable users to synchronise the exchange of their personal data between mobile devices and servers, he adds.

Microsoft will offer Stinger to handset manufacturers, who will use the specifications to build smart phones, in a similar way to how Pocket PC provided an outline for building personal digital assistants.

Samsung Electronics will use Stinger to create a smart phone for release next year, Microsoft says.


IDG UK Sites

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date, price and specs 2014

IDG UK Sites

What's the best smartwatch? 11 iWatch rivals compared in our wearables round-up

IDG UK Sites

5 reasons to upgrade to BT's YouView+ box: DTR-T1000 vs DTR-T2100

IDG UK Sites

Developers get access to more Sony camera features