WSJ.com - Microsoft Aims to Be Top Seller Of Smart-Phone Software in 3 Years: "Microsoft Corp. aims to become the top seller of software in the fast-growing "smart-phone" market within three years, said Ya-Qin Zhang, a top executive in the software giant's mobile business.
Dominance in software for smart phones – upgraded wireless handsets that handle functions like Internet surfing, email and videogames – has so far eluded Microsoft.
The world's largest software company entered the market in late 2002, but its share remains far behind industry leader Symbian Ltd., which is part-owned by Nokia Corp.
Mr. Zhang, however, said he believes a series of factors is likely to turn the tide in Microsoft's favor. There are now 48 manufacturers producing mobile devices based on the company's software, whereas most of the phones using Symbian software are made by one company, Nokia. World-wide, Microsoft-powered smart phones are available from 68 wireless carriers in 48 countries."