Microsoft expands Windows for Smart cards and GSM phones

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Microsoft announced Thursday it will expand its Windows for Smart cards initiative to embrace the GSM platform. The move means GSM operators and handset manufacturers will soon be using Windows-based tools to build personal, customised services for GSM phones.

Jonathan Roberts, general manager of Microsoft's productivity appliance division said: "GSM carriers will not only be able to choose from multiple smart card vendors, they will also be able to leverage the extensive developer community for Windows to continue to drive innovation.

The Microsoft Windows Smart Card Toolkit is scheduled for release later this year, with GSM support expected to be available as an option next year.