Microsoft sets bullish mobile target

This is an interesting news from ZDNet UK:

Microsoft aims to double the number of mobile phones running its Windows software this year from six 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 six 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 UK software maker Symbian, owned by the world’s top handset producers including Nokia.

Smartphones also face competition from Research In Motion’s BlackBerry, the world’s leading mobile email device, which has recently launched a new model, the Pearl, with additional camera and music functions.

Will Microsoft accomplish these goals? Probably. Will Microsoft Kill BlackBerry? Some people think it will: Microsoft to Kill the BlackBerry? IDC Predicts RIM’s Decline.

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