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Microsoft and Google Battle Over Phones?

There's a hot new rumor that Google is prepping a mobile Internet phone. If the rumor isn't just phony-baloney, then I've got some big questions. Can Google actually build great hardware? What kinds of software innovations are possible? And what kind of connectivity can one expect if the Internet is the data source? Does it rely upon wireless broadband from companies such as Cingular and Verizon?

Meanwhile, Microsoft, whose Smartphone software drives a good many phones, is moving into small-business telephony with a new IP-phone system that will be built by third parties. The key to the system is letting the people in the small or remote office manage the phones, rather than calling in IT or telecom pros.

This is a godsend when you want to move that backstabbing worker in the office next to the gas leak.

Posted by Doug Barney on March 20, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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