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Report: Microsoft lands Win Phone 7 partners

Dell, Asus, LG, HTC and Samsung are expected to bring out smartphones based on Windows Phone 7, which Microsoft hopes will help it catch up to rival platforms.

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, reviewed here by CNET's Bonnie Cha, 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.