Microsoft has announced that the soon-to-be-launched Windows Phone 7 device will support tethering.
Tethering allows users to turn their smartphone into a modem for laptops and other mobile devices.
Brandon Watson, the director of Windows Phone 7 at Microsoft confirmed that Windows Phone 7 will support tethering, but it will be up to the service provider whether to activate the service or not, tech news site Engadget reports.
The functionality is currently used on Google's Nexus One, whose users pay a small fee to their service provider to tether their smartphones to their laptops for internet access.
Microsoft is doing everything it can to garner support from service providers in order to ensure the success of its smartphone device.
With Microsoft confirming that all 5 major UK mobile service providers, O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and 3, will be offering the smartphone, it remains to be seen which ones will offer the functionality and which ones will not.