After several years of being one of the biggest supports of Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, AT&T has said that it will be "the premier carrier for Windows Phone 7."
That's what a spokesperson for the mobile carrier said in an e-mail to Computerworld this week. Although there weren't any details on what exactly this means, it is one of the staunchest pro-Phone 7 comments we've seen so far.
After Microsoft royally screwed up with its latest Kin line of mobile phones, and given how much it will need to overcome to remain relevant in the market of Android and iPhone, there's not a lot of big excitement in the air over the new platform.
It is unusual to see such a major operating system launch be met with such benevolence, but that is what is happening with Windows Phone 7. We still don't know when the first device to support the new OS will be available, or even what it will look like.
For AT&T, though, it is a chance to latch onto something new after it is most likely that it won't have the iPhone exclusivity to carry it through the year anymore. We're just going to have to wait to see if Microsoft can help to put a gap to that hole.
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