Microsoft has announced the results of its most recent fiscal year. The whole company did well, and so did the group responsible for developing and licensing Windows Mobile.
More than 11 million Windows Mobile licenses were sold during the last twelve months – an 85% increase over the number of licenses sold during the same period of the previous year.
During the last quarter of Microsoft’s fiscal year, sales of licenses were up 75 percent year-over-year.
Microsoft attributed the growth in the global Windows Mobile market to several factors, including the launch of its latest operating system, Windows Mobile 6, and the introduction of popular smartphones such as the HTC Touch, Samsung BlackJack, Sprint Mogul, and T-Mobile Dash.
A statement released by the company says, "Continuing strong growth means customers have more Windows Mobile powered devices to choose from with 140 device models worldwide from 125 mobile operators in 55 countries from 48 device makers. Windows Mobile continues to give people around the world the freedom to choose their wireless carrier and device type, whether it’s a candy-bar style or flip, full keyboard or touchscreen."
For the whole company, Microsoft’s took in $51.12 billion during its most recent fiscal year, a 15% increase over the prior year. Earnings per share for the year were $1.42.
Although Microsoft did release revenue and income figures for the segment of the company responsible for Windows Mobile, this group is just a small part of the Entertainment and Devices Division. This makes coming up with specific figures for this group virtually impossible.
The Windows Mobile group predicts that its current fiscal year will be another good one. It is projecting sales of over 20 million licenses during the next twelve months.
If it accomplishes that goal, it will again nearly double the number of licenses sold in the previous year.
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