REDMOND, Wash. (
is expected to announce that it's back in the mobile game next week at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona.
iPhone software and
Android applications march off with greater portions of its smartphone business, Microsoft will likely showcase its newest operating system -- Windows Mobile 7 -- at the wireless industry event starting Monday.
Analysts expect Microsoft to preview Windows Mobile 7 next week and have it ready by fall. It should be available through phone makers like
Trends in mobile phones have favored touchscreen-controlled smartphones and have largely departed from the scroll-through, dropdown menu format that characterized Microsoft's previous operating systems.
It's a new opportunity for Microsoft and one the company can't afford to miss if it expects to play a big role in mobile computing.
Other shops like
Research In Motion
face a similar challenge in trying to develop popular software that can match the runaway success of the iPhone and Android devices.
Microsoft shares are down 9% so far this year as no-growth tech shops have fallen out of favor with investors.
--Reported by Scott Moritz in New York
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