Microsoft Builds Custom 'Skin' for New T-Mobile Phone

Microsoft built a custom Windows Mobile user interface for a new phone that T-Mobile USA is announcing Monday, evidence that Microsoft may be getting more serious about pursuing the consumer mobile market. The phone, built by HTC, will be the first in a line of phones from T-Mobile using the new Shadow brand, said David Sholkovitz, marketing manager at T-Mobile.

While Microsoft has worked with operators to help modify the operating system to fit their needs, this project represented a new level of partnership, said Doug Smith, director of marketing for Microsoft's mobile communications business. "I'd say this was one of the deeper partner involvements we've had on a new product," he said.

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