Rumors that Microsoft has been planning to launch its own smart phone have been swirling for several months now, as industry watchers and gossip mongers try to figure out exactly what the company’s “Project Pink” is all about.
Now Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert is weighing in. Citing “industry checks,” Egbert predicts Mister Softy will roll out a Zune-like phone with 720p video capability and a a 5 MP or higher camera. More surprisingly, she expects an announcement within the next two months – either at the Mobile World Congress in mid-Feb. or the CTIA show in March.
The phone, she speculates, will be based on the as-yet unreleased Windows Mobile 7 operating system. It will support the Zune video store and music subscription service, along existing Microsoft partners, including Facebook, Twitter and Xbox Live.
Microsoft, it's worth noting, has denied plans for a Zune phone for the better part of the past year.