GOOG)/Android phone, a Garmin ( GRMN) nuviphone and, of course, a bunch of new Research In Motion ( RIMM) Blackberrys. Microsoft ticked off the following points in today's news release:
Windows Mobile sold more than 18 million licenses (20 million projected) in fiscal year 2008, seeing triple digit gains in France, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Japan and India. Consumers today can enjoy a number of Windows Mobile 6.1 phones, including the HTC Diamond, Touch Pro, and Samsung Omnia, and anticipation is rising for upcoming devices such as the Sony (SNE) Xperia X1. (Interesting that there's no mention of the wonderful, new Palm (PALM) Treo 800 here.) The company continued strengthening its position in the enterprise evident by 363 lighthouse wins (500 devices or more), which equaled 1.4 million total licenses; 91 were competitive (meaning a RIM BES server was decommissioned). The company has more than 18,000 Windows Mobile applications, recently adding applications from Bloomberg, Reuters, and SAP, giving people the choice and flexibility they demand. Microsoft is continuing to leverage acquisitions including Danger, MobiComp, Musiwave and aQuantive to deliver the best mobile experience in the market.
Finally, and, once again, these are Microsoft's words: "Looking ahead, Microsoft's unique vision and approach will continue to create opportunities for the partners and the entire industry, while connecting people to the information they care about most. As we are enter Fiscal Year 2009, we are preparing for an equally exciting year. Through the magic of Windows Mobile software, services and partner relationships, Microsoft is poised to continue with its impressive growth." It will interesting to revisit these numbers next July to see if Microsoft is still on track to do well versus the iPhone, in both consumer and enterprise markets.