Windows Mobile 2005 Magneto

If their recent deals to license their ActiveSync technology to Nokia, Symbian, and palmOne are any indication, Microsoft is working hard to steadily encircle the BlackBerry with the next version of Windows Mobile, aka Windows Mobile 2005 aka Magneto. The plan? CRN reports that Microsoft is finally going to unveil Windows Mobile 2005 at the Mobile and Embedded Developers Conference in Las Vegas next month, and that they're going to be taking a serious swipe at RIM by adding BlackBerry-like support for push email and live content updating to Windows Mobile-powered Pocket PCs and Smartphones. The CrackBerry's pretty damn entrenched, but Microsoft knows a thing or two about dislodging a market-dominating competitor, and so will be reviving a familiar tactic: to compete with RIM's server product they're going to be giving away their Exchange 2003 Server Pack 2 update, which adds support for push, for free.

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Microsoft wants to kill the BlackBerry dead with Windows Mobile 2005