Monday, November 12, 2007

Microsoft to acquire Musiwave

Openwave, the company that makes the web browser that is probably on your non-smartphone just sold Musiwave. They had acquired Musiwave is 2005 for $120 million and now have flipped it to Microsoft. Musiwave is a mobile music distribution company/platform and will be a nice addition to Microsoft's WinMo platform and the Zune. Windows Mobile, currently in a fierce fight with Nokia's Symbian OS. Buying Musiwave is an attempt by Microsoft to to integrate more into the European market where they have been embattled in regulatory hell. Musiwave is based in Paris and will help Microsoft get more involved in Europe where there is no doubt going to be strong moves made by the iPhone and eventually by Google's Android.

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