Sendo drops Microsoft OS

Mobile phone manufacturer Sendo has dropped Microsoft's Smartphone OS just days after unveiling its first handset.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  November 10, 2002

Sendo, one of the few handset manufacturers to sign up for Microsoft’s Smartphone operating system, has unexpectedly terminated plans to sell a Microsoft powered device.

Instead the company will use Nokia’s Series 60, an interface that sits on top of the Symbian operating system.

The announcement comes just a few days after the formal launch of the Z100, Sendo’s first ever handset. The phone, which was due to ship at the end of the year, will now be scrapped.

"This decision, as you can imagine, was not an easy one to make," said Marijke van Hooren, Sendo's director of communications. "We were very close to shipping the product and had lots of customers expressing positive reactions."

She said that details of the decision could not be discussed "for legal reasons" but emphasised: "We had to do this."

"Earlier this fall we reviewed our smart phone strategy. Seeing that the Series 60 fully embraces both our mission and the new strategy we decided to approach Nokia," said Sendo chief executive Hugh Brogan in a statement.

The decision was influenced by the use of open standards such as MMS and Java in the Nokia and Symbian software, Brogan said. Sendo had included Sun Microsystem’s Java in the Z100, even though it competes with Microsoft’s own .Net.

At the device’s launch, a spokesman claimed the Z100 was capable of running Symbian, so it’s possible that the handset may not be a complete write off.

Sendo’s move will come as a blow for Microsoft as it struggles to convince manufacturers to use its mobile operating system. Only Taiwanese manufacturer High Tech Computing has so far launched a handset running Smartphone. Samsung has also licensed the software, but has yet to put it to use.

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