SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft and Finnish phone firm Nokia are inviting journalists to a joint event on 5 September.
Details are scarce so far. The Verge web site has reproduced the invitation in its barest form, but let's take a guess and assume that it will have something to do with Windows Phone 8 coming out on mobile phones.
How exciting you find that prospect depends on whether you think there is something lacking in either the Iphone's IOS or Google Android based devices.
The event will take place in New York and starts at 9:30 AM. Fans of Windows phones and Nokia handsets could camp outside and be the first to see the disappointed faces of those who attend when they leave.
In rather a large clue Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop said yesterday that handsets would be forthcoming soon, or as he put it, in the "relatively near term".
Elop thinks that the Microsoft Nokia hydra can compete in a market that has been all but sewn up. Maybe it can, but if that is to be the case then it will have to announce and show off a blockbuster of a handset.
"In today's war [between] Android, Apple and Windows, we are very clear; we are fighting that with the Windows phone. I don't think about rewinding the clock and thinking about competing elsewhere," he said. µ
Plus the cost of ambition as moonshots eat into the coffers
Spoiler alert: it's probably VeriSign
Did we say cuts off? We meant traps them inside their own home