Companies want to protect their turf from Microsoft

INTERNET I.D.'S

Alliance: Project Liberty, a group of 34 companies

Prospects: Long-shot: Microsoft's Passport service has some 200 million accounts

CELL PHONE SOFTWARE

Alliance: The Open Mobile Architecture initiative, a group including Nokia

Prospects: Strong: Microsoft's phone software is new and the alliance includes stalwarts

WEB DEVICES

Alliance: Sony teamed with AOL Time Warner

Prospects: Mixed: The two bring much to the table, but Microsoft has its own partners

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