Microsoft announced today that they are entering a deal to acquire Musiwave, an Openwave subsidiary. Musiwave is a mobile music provider. And Musiwave designs software and develops marketing tools for media companies.
“Microsoft and Musiwave share the same philosophy in working with hardware and mobile operator partners to deliver great experiences for mobile device users,” said Pieter Knook, Senior VP of Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft. “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.”
Musiwave already has numerous relationships established with music labels and device makers. For example, Musiwave has a partnership with T-Mobile to power their new Mobile Jukebox service. T-Mobile Mobile Jukebox is powered by Universal Music Group, SONY BMG Music Entertainment, EMI Music, and Warner Music. Musiwave also has partnerships with T-Mobile Czech Republic, Orange UK, 3 Italia, and Vodafone UK.