(Via Todd Bishop) Diana Bass at Bloomberg News is reporting that Microsoft Wins Biggest Phone-Software Order, Rivals BlackBerry:
Microsoft Corp. won its biggest-ever contract for mobile-phone software, an order from the U.S. Census Bureau that covers 500,000 handsets.
Microsoft, the world’s biggest software maker, plans to unveil the deal today, general manager Scott Horn said in an interview. Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft expects to increase its mobile unit’s sales to $1 billion in one to three years, from $337 million last year, and break the dominance of Research In Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry.
“Up until now, BlackBerry had the market for themselves,”‘ Peter Knook, a Microsoft senior vice president, said in an interview. “That landscape has changed.”‘
Much more on Microsoft’s progress with its mobile phone initiatives by following the link. For more details on how the census takers will use the gadgets for the 2010 census see this article by the AP’s Allison Linn. One interesting part is that they will be dedicated census taking devices:
Wood said the devices will not be used as cell phones or for other functions such as sending e-mail, and will not replace bureau employees’ BlackBerry communicators.
“It’s not like a BlackBerry,” he said. “It’s specified (sic) designed for the census 2010 application.”