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Ballmer said at MWC 2009 Windows Mobile 7 will come in 2010

When it comes to operating systems for computers, Microsoft holds the vast majority of the market even when there are free alternatives like Linux. However, when it comes to mobile operating systems for smartphones, Microsoft isn’t nearly as strong.

WMPoweruser reports that Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system is in third place behind Symbian and RIM. Microsoft is looking to gain some market share in the smartphone arena though and is saying that it will increase spending on the mobile OS.

Microsoft reportedly spends $900 million per year and devotes 2,000 employees to its Windows Mobile OS, but the mobile operating system is still what Microsoft terms a "somewhat unprofitable" business. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a keynote at Mobile World Congress that Windows Mobile 7 would be coming next year.

Ballmer also stated that Microsoft would not be entering into the phone market and preferred the licensing model it currently uses. That means any Zune fans hoping to see a Zune phone challenge the iPhone will be unhappy.

Ballmer also said in the keynote that Microsoft has plans to extend revenue-making opportunities to services. Ballmer also touched on other things during his keynote and mentioned that the software giant was prevented from bundling Live services with PCs running Windows because of a Consent Decree resulting from a decade old antitrust ruling.

At MWC 2009, Microsoft did announce Windows Mobile 6.5 and Ballmer did say that the expansion of the smartphone segment into the whole phone segment should help Windows Mobile to grow despite the poor economy. Many consumers are opting for smartphones that can serve more than one purpose during the slow economy, leading to continued growth.

Microsoft sees Windows and Windows Mobile as two sides of the same coin according to Ballmer and going forward the two operating systems will share even more technology. Specifically, features like the browser, presentation surface, and possibly the kernel will be shared.



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Based on what?
By omnicronx on 2/25/2009 2:20:45 PM , Rating: 4
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WMPoweruser reports that Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system is in third place behind Symbian and RIM.
Not too sure what this report is based on, but in the last quarter 5 million Windows Mobile devices were sold, compared to 4.4 million iPhones, and from what I have heard, RIM comes in at around 3 million.




RE: Based on what?
By Pirks on 2/25/09, Rating: -1
RE: Based on what?
By omnicronx on 2/25/2009 2:32:25 PM , Rating: 3
No it doesnt.. That breakdown means little to nothing as it is by manufacturer. In this case, you would have to add up HTC (minus their G1 sales) and any other manufacturer in the 'other' category that sells WinMo phones (minus non winmo phones once again).

http://www.intomobile.com/2009/01/22/windows-mobil...


RE: Based on what?
By omnicronx on 2/25/2009 2:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
I was wondering more in terms of RIM phones than Sybian, which I could see as still having the lead in overall sales.

RIM phones most definitely did not have more sales last quarter than Windows Mobile phones.


RE: Based on what?
By omnicronx on 2/25/2009 2:46:51 PM , Rating: 2
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RIM phones most definitely did not have more sales last quarter than Windows Mobile phones.
Uhh.. spoke too soon, their fiscal doesn't end until the 28th of this month, although their own forecasts still say around 3 million new subscriptions for the quarter.

http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2009/02/11/rimforeca...


RE: Based on what?
By Pirks on 2/25/09, Rating: -1
RE: Based on what?
By omnicronx on 2/25/2009 3:55:19 PM , Rating: 2
Oh man! I can't believe your still posting this. Q3 is not recent data.. I guess this link proves that Apple has 0 sales then too?

http://www.palminfocenter.com/images/canalys-q306-...


RE: Based on what?
By Pirks on 2/25/2009 4:16:20 PM , Rating: 1
Okay, I believe you now. Although it would be nice to see something like Canalys report again for the most recent quarter, just to be sure.


RE: Based on what?
By lagitup on 2/25/2009 2:57:01 PM , Rating: 2
In the US, Symbian devices are a lot less popular because no (or few) carries subsidize them. I think Windows Mobile has been getting pushed recently, with manufacturer upgrades to the interface such as Sony Panels and HTC TouchFlo, along with Manilla 2d and 3d implementing TouchFlo on any manufacturer's device. Talk about something cool to show your friends :)


RE: Based on what?
By mondo1234 on 2/25/2009 9:59:44 PM , Rating: 2
So MS is about 15% ahead in the latest quarter and Balmer doesn't consider the Iphone a serious competitor? Whats a serious competitor, someone who is kicking his a$$ ?
He needs to stop smoking crack.
Is he still on that rant on how the Iphone wont get serious marketshare? If thats the case, it only reaffirms Balmer doesn't know what he is talking about. Why doesn't MS make a phone that is compatible with the Zune library to where you could atleast sync your tunes? I dont think Balmer is very creditable anymore, and Jobs is worst.


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