Today, Microsoft announced that it has entered an exclusivity agreement around its intention to acquire Musiwave SA, an openwave company and provider of mobile music services to operators and media companies. This acquisition would integrate Musiwave’s relationships with music labels, mobile operators and device makers with Microsoft’s Connected Entertainment services including MSN and Zune. Should the acquisition go through, Musiwave will stay located in Paris.
Pieter Knook, SVP of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft stated “Bringing Musiwave on board would provide an opportunity for Microsoft to explore new areas in the mobile space previously untapped, and to showcase the power of software plus services. This contemplated acquisition reflects Microsoft’s recognition of the software and technology expertise in Europe.”
As of today, Microsoft mobile technology runs on a variety of mobile platforms, featured on over 140 mobile phones made by 50 handset makers, sold by over 160 mobile operators around the world. According to research firm Ovum, 1,160 million mobile music phones will be shipped worldwide in 2010.