Microsoft goes Mobile

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PHONE BILL: Gates wants mobile operators to use Microsoft products

What do you get when you combine Microsoft, the planet's biggest software company, which is desperate to move into the mobile — phone industry, with Vodafone, the planet's second biggest mobile operator? Would you guess a) a mobile phone based on a Microsoft operating system, or b) a dongle? When Microsoft boss Bill Gates jetted into Geneva's ITU Telecom World Conference last week, he came up with answer b).

That's right, a dongle. About the size of a small travel alarm clock, the dongle attaches to a desktop PC or a laptop and lets users charge small...

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