The 3GSM World Congress kicked off in Barcelona on Monday with a swathe of announcements and product launches across the mobile space.
Microsoft, which has been striving for several years to replicate its dominance on the desktop in the mobile space, made much of the early running. Its development of a push email service is an attempt to steal market share from Research in Motion.
Microsoft has also secured a deal that will see its copy-restriction technology used inside Motorola handsets. In addition, its software will also underpin a mobile TV service developed by BT.
Mobile operator O2 used 3GSM to drop a heavy hint to Ofcom that it wants the freedom to run 3G services in its GSM spectrum.
In the hardware space, Nokia launched a phone that can used Wi-Fi as well as GSM, and HP has unveiled the iPAQ hw6900, which will support Microsoft's new push email product.
And those of looking to store masses of data on your mobile device may be pleased to hear that Seagate has built a 12GB hard drive that is just over 2cm across.
3GSM: Day One:
Microsoft gives Exchange a push
Microsoft is challenging RIM with its own push email service, and Vodafone is already onboard
BT 'to launch mobile TV service'
The UK could soon get a nationwide mobile TV service based on DAB, but it may not be as good as the DVB-H alternative
Motorola: Microsoft DRM will boost mobile music
Microsoft has been busy at 3GSM, revealing a DRM deal with Motorola and the purchase of a French search firm
Nokia embraces convergence with Wi-Fi phone
The Nokia 6136 could be the device that brings GSM and wireless LANs together
Seagate unveils 12GB minidrive
The competition between manufacturers to cram the most information possible into a mobile phone grows more intense, as Seagate and Cornice both launch new products
HP iPAQ hw6900: a first look
HP's iPAQ hw6900 promises a wealth of features, if you can handle the hefty design.
O2 seeks 2G solution to rural 3G
The mobile operator wants spectrum management rules to be relaxed to cut the cost of offering nationwide high-speed mobile services