News story: Microsoft winning market share in mobile devices; Linux losing market share

News story: Microsoft winning market share in mobile devices; Linux losing market share

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 18 Feb 2008 04:53:07


Do the math: Symbian has 39% share (and falling), MS Mobile has 13%
(and rising), which leaves Linux os and others (such as in-house
proprietary OSes) with 39%.

Seems like Linux is losing market share in the mobile space as well.

RL

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Microsoft: Making Mobile Progress

Sony Ericsson unveils a line of phones boasting Microsoft's Windows
Mobile operating system, a coup for both players.

Telecom February 10, 2008, 2:01PM EST
Microsoft: Making Mobile Progress
Sony Ericsson unveils a line of phones boasting Microsoft's Windows
Mobile operating system, a coup for both players

by Jennifer L. Schenker

Every year since 1999, when Microsoft (MFST) first said it would
produce a mobile-device version of its Windows operating system, the
company has used Europe's annual industry gathering to take swipes at
Symbian, maker of the leading software platform for smartphones. This
year's Mobile World Congress is no different. On Feb. 10, as some
50,000 people gathered for the opening of the show in Barcelona,
Spain, Microsoft was crowing that Windows Mobile would be used in a
new line of phones by Sony Ericsson, a Symbian shareholder and major
producer of Symbian handsets.

In winning Sony Ericsson as a customer, Microsoft can now claim that
Windows Mobile runs phones made by four out of five of the world's top
handset makers. "There is a steady movement from Symbian to
Microsoft," says Scott Horn, director of Microsoft's Mobile & Embedded
Device Div.

To be sure, Microsoft is making progress against Symbian. About 13% of
the smartphones shipped this year are expected to be Windows Mobile
devices, up from a 9% market share in 2007, estimates Richard Windsor,
a wireless analyst at the brokerage firm Nomura. Yet even if Symbian
is losing some ground, the platform's market share is still expected
to total a commanding 48% this year. More significant, it's unlikely
Microsoft will ever snag Nokia (NOK), the controlling shareholder in
the Symbian consortium and also the world's largest cell-phone maker
with a 40% market share.
 
 
 

News story: Microsoft winning market share in mobile devices; Linux losing market share

Post by raylopez9 » Mon, 18 Feb 2008 05:00:00


It was an iPAQ (which I also have, to play chess on) that presumeably
had a built in phone. Otherwise Windows Mobile OS is not that bad,
albeit a bit quirky IMO.

RL