Microsoft Continues To Solicit Chinese OEMs

In a May post, we discussed how Microsoft will do an end run around the unfriendly big handset manufacturers, and will respond by commissioning cheap handsets out of China. In news today, Microsoft struck a deal with yet another Chinese manufacturer, Dopod. These cheaply produced Smartphone products will come with an entire host of Microsoft-related features that link to .NET, Office, and Windows. Microsoft’s next step is to get carriers to accept these cheap, highly functional (if not unstable) handsets. Update: Add to the mix a soon to be released MSFT-powered handset, the SPV destined for Orange in France, and the MiTAC Mio8380. And, hey… what’s this… the head of Motorola’s Chinese operations has just jumped ship, and joined MSFT.

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