Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo was not given the phone with Microsoft beta software that recently went missing in Barcelona, Telstra said this morning.
Windows Mobile 6.5 (Credit: Crave UK)
A Telstra spokesperson confirmed reports that a loaned phone from Microsoft had gone missing
while in the possession of one of its employees in Barcelona. However, the phone
had not been personally given to Trujillo by Microsoft, but instead to a Telstra executive, they said.
Reports have said that the phone was pickpocketed, but Telstra would only
confirm that it was lost without details as to how. The spokesperson would
also not give details as to the phone's make or the software which it carried.
The Herald Sun reported that the phone was believed to be
either an HTC Touch Pro2 or the HTC Touch Diamond2, running
the new Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.
Microsoft revealed Windows Mobile 6.5 on Monday in Barcelona as a future update for three
new handsets announced at the show, HTC's Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 and LG's GM730.
The phone which Microsoft demonstrated to ZDNet.com.au sister site Crave
at the event running Windows 6.5 (pictured) was a HTC Touch Diamond2.
Featuring a new hexagonally partitioned home screen
that presents various icons or widgets in a honeycomb-like
matrix, Windows Mobile 6.5 is aimed at making the software more "finger
friendly" and generally more appealing.
The update is not slated to
turn up on phones until the fourth quarter of this year and
features a revamped mobile Internet Explorer browser and a new
"marketplace" for buying software that can run on the phone.
Despite concerns about industrial espionage, Microsoft did not
consider the event likely to have an impact. "Although we regret
that the prototype phone given to Telstra was misplaced, we don't
envisage this incident as impacting Microsoft in any way," a spokesperson
for the company said.
ZDNet UK's David Meyer, CNET News' Ina Fried and Crave's Nate Lanxon
contributed to this article.