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Liveblogging from Microsoft's press gig

I'm currently sitting in Microsoft's big Mobile World Congress press conference. Last year's equivalent event proved very useful for liveblogging, what with a bunch of announcements like Windows Mobile 6 and, er, DRM.
Written by David Meyer, Contributor

I'm currently sitting in Microsoft's big Mobile World Congress press conference. Last year's equivalent event proved very useful for liveblogging, what with a bunch of announcements like Windows Mobile 6 and, er, DRM.

But that was 3GSM in 2007, and this is MWC in 2008. Word is, Microsoft doesn't have many interesting announcements this year... let's see if that's true.

I will update this post as we continue... Right now I'm listening to Robbie Bach, MS's entertainment and device somethingorother president. So far, so dull...

UPDATE 1: Microsoft is acquiring Danger, the Sidekick people (more relevant in the US than the UK, thus far, but brings with it lots of social whatnot and messaging talent). Interesting... Bach is going on about "tremendous software services". "We'll be incorporating Danger into the work that we do". Ha! I thought the Yahoo! fiasco had already proved that...

UPDATE 2: Pieter Kanook now, as last year. Going on about consumer services... multimedia etc. An advertising business model that "we see expanding and moving us to new areas". Hmmm...

UPDATE 3: Windows Mobile momentum: more units sold than iPhone AND (not my caps there) BlackBerry. New deal with the Russian operator MTS - consumer provision of mobile laptops. Telefonica is apparently taking up MS's "PlayReady" DRM for music downloads etc.

Come on! There must be something interesting coming out of this. Surely?

UPDATE 4: Showing off the UI of a new Vodafone handset. And a mobile phone picture of La Sagrada Familia. Oh yes, we're in Barcelona, aren't we? Good to see love for the locality.

UPDATE 5: Oh, here's Zumobi's browser. It's not pretty. And my battery is dying, so this may be my final update. Just time to let you know they're currently showing off a port of Amiga's Invasion game. In other words, there hasn't been much hard news from Redmond today. The rumour mill was right.

UPDATE 6 (from a PC in the press room): There wasn´t much to report after my battery went pfft. A snide remark or two about Apple, and a blanket refusal to discuss Yahoo! in the Q&As. No surprise there. It would have been far too interesting.

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