today announced a partnership deal with Microsoft. Under terms of the business
agreement, Microsoft will distribute the award-winning Zooming User Interface
and mobile widget platform with Windows Mobile. This distribution agreement
builds on the content partnerships Zumobi announced in December.
Today, more than 140 devices in the marketplace worldwide are based on Windows
Mobile. Windows Mobile-based phones are designed for people to be productive
on-the-go, all while having the ability to stay in touch with colleagues and
Zumobi revolutionizes the way people access, retrieve and share Web-based
content on their mobile phones. Through an intuitive, lush user interface,
Zumobi allows people to easily "bounce" in and out of snack-sized bits of the
entertainment they want and to stay on top of the information they need
throughout the day, while offering advertisers a better way to connect with
consumers through their mobile phones. Zumobi offers content from a broad range
of mobile widgets or Tiles, including many from partners such as MTV Networks,
AccuWeather.com, Traffic.com, FlightStats.com and OTOlabs, who developed Tiles
for Vail Resorts and Fox Television's "Family Guy."
"Currently shipping on devices from more than 48 device makers with 125
mobile operators in 55 countries, Windows Mobile is one of the most accessible
and familiar mobile computing platforms," said Eric Hertz, CEO of Zumobi. "This
strategic partnership benefits all of our constituencies - consumers,
developers, content providers, carriers and advertisers - and enables us to
continue building momentum quickly with our audience of techno-culturists and
mobile business users."
"Zumobi originated in our IP Ventures program as the work of a world-class
research team, and demonstrates how Microsoft works with innovative independent
companies to provide people with some of the best sets of services and
applications available," said John O'Rourke, General Manager, Mobile
Communications Business at Microsoft. "Zumobi is a strong complement to Windows
Mobile in that both it and Microsoft offer our customers innovative yet easy
ways to access all their information while they're on the go - making their
phone the best companion for their entire life."
It's not yet announced what it will means in the end, for instance if
Zumobi will become a native part of Windows Mobile or not.
Cheers ~ Arne