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Microsoft Acquires Mobile Software Developer Mobicomp

Mobile sector is where the love it seems; after Nokia's purchase of Plazes and Symbian in the past few days, Microsoft has announced that it is purchasing Mobicomp, a small mobile-data company that was founded eight years ago.

The Portuguese outfit, which is described as “a company that helped pioneer technologies allowing the backup and restoration of mobile data and mobile posting of social content to Web sites such as Facebook”, will become part of Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business division.

Interestingly, the company caters for a number of well known mobile service providers like Vodafone as well as the biggest mobile carriers in Portugal and Saudi Arabia.

Microsoft has not disclosed details of the agreement with the privately-owned company but Microsoft will almost certainly use its knowledge and experience to beef up its Windows Mobile and Windows Live offerings.

Despite of Microsoft's clout, the Windows Mobile Platform still lags the likes of Symbian and Blackberry and is starting to feel the heat from newcomers like Apple's iPhone platform, LiMo and Google's Android.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.