Mobiles sporting the latest release of the Windows Mobile operating system are now available for Sale
worldwide. Microsoft is also formally launching its application store, known as Windows Marketplace for Mobile.
While the service will launch with about 60 applications available in the UK, Microsoft's Alex Reeve said that number will soon rise sharply. Windows-run phones can also make use of the My Phone service, a synchronisation service managed "in the cloud".
The new operating system and the application store were first announced in February, when a "beta" testing version of the My Phone service also launched. Tuesday's announcement sees a full integration of handsets incorporating the new OS with access to the store and backup service.
Microsoft has partnered with major network operators T-Mobile, O2, Vodafone and Orange in the UK, as well as with Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U to distribute handsets made by a wide range of manufacturers.