After years of struggling in the mobile market, Microsoft may finally be making the right connections. In 2006, according to research firm IDC, (IDC ) mobile carriers worldwide sold more Windows Mobile-equipped cell phones than BlackBerry devices. A handful of slick designs created for the Windows Mobile, including Motorola's (MOT ) slim Q and the rounder Dash made by Taiwan's HTC, have helped the software giant. And BusinessWeek has learned that LG Electronics, the world's fourth-largest mobile-phone maker, is developing new Windows Mobile phones slated for launch this year. That means Microsoft will have three of the top five handset makers in its camp.
IDC's estimates of 2006 global market share for mobile phones with e-mail and Web access puts Microsoft's share at 9.8%. BlackBerry devices pioneered by Research in Motion (RIMM ) came in at 7.3%.
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