updated 09:40 pm EDT, Thu June 5, 2008
MS letter to partners
Apple is expected next week to unveil the 3G iPhone and related software infrastructure – v2.0 OS, downloadable apps, the official app store, and SDK – but Microsoft on Thursday issued a letter to industry partners in an attempt to dull the roar of Apple's announcements. Seattle Post-Intelligencer reveals that Microsoft wrote of its intent to sell 20 million Windows Mobile licenses, with group product manager Scott Rockfeld and Windows Mobile chief Andy Lees enforcing that their team is "on track" for the generous target.
Rockfeld assures partners "If it's short of 20 million, it's going to be a rounding error."
With a subtle nod to Apple, Lees said "We're proud that we've been able to work with you to deliver more than 40 different phones that run at 3G speeds, at prices that meet a range of customer needs -- something not all smartphones can claim."
Lees also highlighted Windows Mobile sales on devices such as the HTC Touch Diamond, in contrast to sales from Apple and RIM. Lees wrote that Windows Mobile "sold more in the previous four quarters than RIM, and in the last quarter our year-over-year unit growth alone was greater than sales of Apple's iPhone."
It is uncertain if Microsoft will try to counter the introduction of the so-called iPhone 2.0 release with a major software announcement.