Microsoft and LG team up to conquer mobile world, kinda

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer recently took a little trip to the land of cell phones and kimchi to ink a deal that will ensure future collaboration between LG Electronics and MS. Right now it’s just a preliminary agreement so it will likely be a while (well, funnier and faster things have happened) before LG starts putting out some sexy Windows Mobile-powered handsets. Hopefully LG will be ready to rock by the time Windows Mobile 7, or even the rumored 6.5 update drops so we can see some fresh new handsets showcase what we all hope will be a fresh new OS. Meanwhile, just down the street Samsung announced a rejuvenated Omnia, the latest in a long line of popular Windows Mobile phones from Sammy, which is scheduled for a mid-November release on SK Telekom. LG will most certainly have its work cut out for it but all this competition just means Microsoft still has plenty of manufacturer support, which is especially important considering how hard it’s working on Windows Mobile 7. MS needs WM7 to be a solid win if it hopes to remain competitive with Symbian, BlackBerry OS, Apple iPhone and the emerging Android OS. Some of us have been happy with Windows Mobile 6.1 so far, but it seems plenty more have been disappointed – don’t let us down MS!

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