Microsoft To Ship 20 Million Windows Mobile Licenses in 2008

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LONDON (Dow Jones) Microsoft Tuesday said it plans to double the number of mobile phone software licenses it sells worldwide to 20 million in fiscal year 2008 as it takes on rivals Research In Motion and Symbian.

The Redmond-Washington-based software giant said it is gaining market share in the mobile phone software market and expects that, as the handset market advances, computer applications and Internet services will become more important for both business users and consumers.

Speaking to Dow Jones Newswires Tuesday, Microsoft's Senior Vice President for Mobile Communications Pieter Knook said that the company expects to double the amount of phone devices using Microsoft's Windows Mobile software to 20 million worldwide in the fiscal year 2008, starting July 1.

"This will be the fourth year that we have doubled our size and we are significantly outgrowing the market and also our competition. RIM and Symbian aren't doing this and we're gaining share and growing our portfolio," said Knook.

Microsoft also expects to expand on the 40 different handset manufacturers that currently use its software, and said that it hopes Motorola and Samsung Electronics will become more significant users of the technology.

Currently mobile phone maker HTC Corp. makes the majority of phones, which use Microsoft's software.

Knook also said the recent RIM Blackberry service outage could play into the hands of Microsoft, which is looking to grow its enterprise customer base.

"It reinforces the point that there's a single point of failure in RIM's infrastructure and it's provoking a lot of companies to look at the alternatives," he said.

Company Web site: http://www.microsoft.com

-By Daniel Thomas, Dow Jones Newswires; +44-20-7842-9264; dan.thomas@dowjones.com

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