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COOPERATION: LG and Microsoft sign MoU for Mobile Convergence
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 03.11.08 - 10:29:09 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 12375x
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LG Electronics, Inc., a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications and Microsoft Corp., the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions, today announced the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form strategic collaboration in Mobile Convergence. The agreement was signed in Seoul by Yong Nam, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LG Electronics and Steve Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft.
The agreement ensures continued strategic collaboration in R&D, marketing, applications and services in the field of converged mobile devices. The proposed partnership also reflects both companies' commitment to leverage best-in-class technology, resources and expertise by joining forces with leading players in key markets.

"This agreement between LG and Microsoft will create critical momentum in the industry," said Yong Nam at the announcement ceremony. "With this partnership, mobile computing will truly become an everyday reality and LG and Microsoft will be at the forefront of it."

"This MoU further strengthens Microsoft relationship with LG and demonstrates our joint commitment to delivering the most innovative mobile experiences to our customers," said Steve Ballmer. "We are excited that leading mobility solutions providers, such as LG, are aligning with our vision for mobility."

In particular, as a part of its strategy to reinforce LG's global competitiveness in smartphone, LG sets mid to long term goals and documentaries number of products, R&D, marketing and service to meet these goals. Under the MoU, converged mobile device business will be reinforced through incorporating LG's core competences in marketing and products in mobile and IT sector and Microsoft's proficiency in Windows Mobile OS, application and service.

Both companies will continue to define and align their mobile strategies through annual top management meeting.

Maybe this MoU is another indication that the recently unveiled LG KS500 might be indeed LG's next Windows Mobile smartphone? Nevertheless, it shouldn't be forgotten that LG is also part of Google's Open Handset Alliance and will definitely release Android smartphone as well.

Cheers ~ Arne


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