Microsoft Wants Musiwave

Microsoft officially announced its inspiring plan to acquire Musiwave SA, a unit of Openwave Systems, through an exclusivity agreement it has made with the Paris-based provider of mobile entertainment services.

Through the acquisition, Microsoft widely expects to leverage Musiwave’s relationships with digital content providers in the mobile space to enhance its own Connected Entertainment applications, including Windows Mobile and Zune.

Financial terms of the planned purchase were not disclosed. Openwave acquired Musiwave in September 2005 for $121 million.

Microsoft strongly believes the financial acquisition to improve its relevant position in the rapidly growing global market for music-enabled mobile devices. Musiwave could generously provide Microsoft with a further entree into the European market, where most handsets in use today run software developed by Musiwave, according to the statement.

Terms of a possible deal and a time frame for it to be completed were not disclosed, but Microsoft said it would keep the firm’s current headquarters in Paris if a business transaction were to close.

Musiwave provides carriers a platform for delivering various music-related services, from download subscription services to ringtone purchases. The deal would instantly give Microsoft access to the firm’s direct links with both music publishers and mobile carriers. Musiwave customers include Orange UK, Virgin Mobile and T-Mobile.