Microsoft has signed deals with leading smartphone makers to use its upcoming Windows Phone 7 operating system, according to a report.
Dell, Asus, LG, HTC, and Samsung are planning on releasing devices using Microsoft's mobile OS, Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Microsoft, told U.K.-based tech news site Pocket Lint this week. The software is expected to be released later this year.
Microsoft is making a bid to catch up to rival phone platforms with Windows Phone 7, which the company unveiled earlier this year.
The software,, is a revamped effort with an updated multimedia experience and a new way of organizing content around "hubs."
Phones equipped with both Qwerty keyboards and touch screens are expected.