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October 23, 2006

Microsoft’s high hopes for mobile phones

Posted by David Hunter at 9:46 AM ET.


Microsoft aims to double the number of mobile phones running its Windows software this year from 6 million at the end of 2005 and to keep up this rate of growth in coming years, a Microsoft executive said.

“The number of devices operating on Windows Mobile doubled to 6 million last year,” Peter Knook, head of Microsoft’s Mobile and Embedded Devices division, told Germany’s Euro am Sonntag in an interview published on Sunday.

“We want to make 100 percent again this year and to grow further at this rate in coming years.”

Microsoft competes in the market for smartphones, which can run software applications such as email, mobile TV and games, with British software maker Symbian, owned by the world’s top handset producers including Nokia.

Besides Symbian, Research in Motion (e.g. Blackberry) will have something to say about it too.

Filed under Coopetition, Microsoft, Nokia, RIM, Symbian, Windows Mobile

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