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Microsoft, LG-Nortel sign MoU to develop, market WinCE IP phones

Microsoft Corp. and LG-Nortel, a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel, have signed a Memorandum of Understand...


June 26, 2006  


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Microsoft Corp. and LG-Nortel, a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in Voice over IP (VoIP), including WinCE-based IP terminals and the new WinCE 6 videophone.

WinCE 6 is Microsoft’s new integrated embedded development environment for the next generation of smart devices.

Under the MoU, the scope of the strategic alliance will include joint R&D, cooperative marketing to customers and channels worldwide, and a licensing agreement for WinCE 6.

The MoU builds on the strength of an existing relationship between the two companies, marked by LG-Nortel’s development of a WinCE 5-based multimedia Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) phone, the LIP-6824CD, and the world’s first WinCE 6 videophone for global markets.

“This partnership provides a perfect fit for our strategy of developing innovative IP solutions for leading telcos looking to expand into IP Centrex services and such multimedia services as video calls, MMS/EMS and other value added services,” said Jae Ryung Lee, CEO, LG-Nortel.

Terminals based on Microsoft’s new WinCE 6 platform will serve as a platform for application-oriented enterprise and residential products based on embedded devices.

Microsoft and LG-Nortel expect to conclude a definitive agreement within the next few months. At that time, new WinCE 6-based IP phone designs and features will be announced.