updated 11:40 am EDT, Tue May 27, 2008
MS 50pc Win Mobile Growth
Microsoft expects sales of phones with Windows Mobile to grow at least 50 percent per year for the company's next two fiscal years, according to statements made by the company's Asian OEM manager Eddie Wu on Tuesday. The company reiterated that it hopes to sell 20 million phones over its fiscal 2008 but also expects that number to grow by another 50 percent to 30 million for 2009. Such growth is considered the "minimum" and should ideally climb higher, Wu says.
The executive specifically touts quick growth in areas such as southeast Asia and India, and dismisses notions that the company's sales are lagging in established areas, claiming that both Europe and the US are "still seeing very good growth."
In the US, smartphone marketshare is currently lead by BlackBerry creator Research in Motion and followed by Apple's iPhone, while both companies typically lose share on the world stage versus phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and others that use variants on Symbian as their operating systems.