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Microsoft names partners in wireless video project

REDMOND, Wash.-Microsoft Corp. announced it will team with TWI Interactive and Vidiator Technology Inc. to offer a wireless video product for sale to mobile network operators. The companies’ new MobileVision technology is optimized for Microsoft’s Windows Media 9 Series and supports industry-standard 3GPP formats and protocols. It can work on both Windows and non-Windows operating systems.

“Consumers have come to expect access to compelling content from a number of different types of devices, whenever and wherever they want it,” said Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of the Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft. “This easy, seamless flow of digital content has long been Microsoft’s vision, and we are pleased to work with leading industry partners such as TWIi and Vidiator to deliver this innovative solution.”

The offering comes as a variety of wireless carriers have begun launching wireless video phones and services. Most notably, Vodafone Group plc last year announced a deal with Microsoft rival RealNetworks Inc. for streaming video.

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