Dow Jones, 5/28/08
An executive at software giant Microsoft has stated that the company expects sales of Windows Mobile-based phones in China to double in the next fiscal year beginning July. The introduction of 3G services is expected to be one of the drivers for the increase in demand. For the fiscal year ending June 30, Microsoft estimates it will sell close to 2 mln units.
Benjamin Tan, director of Microsoft's Mobile Communications Business in China, said the company is also planning to expand its retail presence, teaming up with local retailer D.Phone to open a total of 50 stores by July 2009. Microsoft and D.Phone have opened a total of 9 stores since October 2007. In addition, Microsoft has also opened 21 mobile phone retail outlets with electronics distributor Digital China Holdings (0861.HK).