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Microsoft shows off new Windows smartphones

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Microsoft Corp showed off prototype phones featuring its new mobile software to Wall Street analysts on Thursday, but is yet to set a date for their rollout beyond availability this holiday shopping season. The devices aim to claw back market share lost to Apple Inc and Google Inc in the rapidly growing smartphone market, and are a key test for Microsoft's ability to compete in the consumer electronics market. "It's probably fair to say we've got a lot of work to do," said Chief Executive Steve Ballmer at the company's annual presentation to analysts at its Redmond, Washington headquarters. "It isn't all going to happen overnight." Microsoft employees showed off the new phones running Windows Phone 7, made by handset makers Samsung Electronics Co and LG Corp, but did not allow photographs of the devices, which are still at the prototype stage. No handset makers have announced a date for commercial launch. Ballmer said only that they would be coming to market this autumn. The devices have large touch screens, incorporate a Zune music player, e-mail programs and link up with content from Xbox Live, Facebook, and other networks. Read More

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