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    Hi Scanbox,

    Entirely doubtful.

    Microsoft has previously sought to enter the mobility environment through applications' alliances with Ericsson and with Nokia (amongst others operating in the wireless space). Both flopped due to:
    incompatability of technology (in the applications space, not in the baseline mobile technology);
    incompatability of standards (not every mobile internet enabled handset can function as a fully fledged, or even a scaled down, microsoft operating system);
    control (who, and in what proportion, would they share the spoils);
    pricing resistance (loading XP, full or scaled down, or anything else of a Microsoft nature, would blow apart the acceptable pricing range for mobile internet enabled handsets);
    agreement (who does what, who does the telling, and who follows the orders - I would suggest that Microsoft wanted it all); and
    disagreements over the underlying purposes of the proposed Microsoft alliances.

    Yes, the mobile internet allows for some scaled down versions of Outlook, etc. But mostly, this is through adaptation technology (ie: where there is a bridging link built between the MI-enabled handset, and the browser, etc).

    In due course, alliances with the likes of Microsft, and others, will emerge. But these will only carry weight or benefit at the equipment vendor level. Not, at the operator level.

    An investment in HTA, therefore, is entirely fanciful, particularly given that the relevant entity is H3GA which is controlled 60% by HTA and 40% by TEL.

    Hutchison Whampoa is also precluded from selling down its overall interest in HTA (hence, also H3GA) below the 50% mark for the next few years (ie: commercial launch, plus 2 years - in other words, until circa March 2005, or later).

    Hutchison Whampoa, through its global 3G business, branded "3", is heavily involved in developing global applications for deployment /integration on its global 3G networks. It may well be that Microsoft is in an applications development alliance with Hutchison Whampoa in Hong Kong. This, I could accept as an argument.

    Elsewhere, Microsoft has a participating interest in TEL's internet portal in NZ. But, again, this is driven more from an applications /content perspective, rather than anything else.
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