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EXPECTATIONS: Microsoft sees Windows Mobile Smartphone growth up 50 %
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 27.05.08 - 12:02:40 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 12041x
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Reuters reports today that Microsoft expects a global growth of its Windows Mobile smartphones of at least 50 percent per year in fiscal years 2008 and 2009 as demand for smartphones rises rapidly. Eddie Wu, the software company's managing director of OEM embedded devices Asia, is quoted by Reuters that a "fifty percent growth is the minimum" and continued that "Microsoft expects to sell 20 million units in its 2007/2008 fiscal year ending in June. Microsoft sold over 11 million units of its Windows Mobile software in its 2006/2007 fiscal year ended June last year".

"We're actually still seeing very good growth (for our mobile software) in markets like Europe and the United States," said Wu and added "that growth of Windows Mobile is seen fastest in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Brazil, Russia and India".

According to Gartner, the global smartphone unit shipments grew 52.5 percent from a year ago to hit around 12 million units in 2007 and analysts said already that the market is set to continue to increase in high double-digits in 2008 and in 2009.

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