Wall Street analyst Katherine Egbert of Jeffries and Co. says that Microsoft is about to launch its own phone running on Windows Mobile, sometime in the next two months. She writes, "Our recent industry checks indicate Microsoft will be debuting its own
phone sometime in the next two months. We expect the
new phone to debut soon, at either the Feb 15-18 Mobile World Congress
conference in Barcelona Spain, or possibly at CTIA in Las Vegas one
month later." The resulting product, a "Zune-like" handset, will be the result of a partnership between a manufacturer and Microsoft in the same way that HTC and Google teamed up to produce the Nexus One. Egbert is looking for the phone to have a 5MP camera, support 720p HD video and offer some type of music subscription plan. Egbert says that revenue from the phone will be meaningless to Microsoft for years, but would be the final screen (Windows PC, XBox and the phone) in the Redmond based firm's 3 screens and a cloud strategy. Egbert has no clue as to which firms would be involved in the manufacture of the device and the carrier that would be involved. As we recently reported
, the Media Edition of the upcoming Windows Mobile 7, called Seven Media Edition, supports Zune integration which might make a Microsoft handset more believable. For Microsoft fans, the next two months might feel like it is moving very slowly.