Microsoft Smartphones to Dominate in 2004?

Microsoft hasn't exactly been ... what's the word? ... successful in the cell-phone arena, but the recent release of Windows Mobile-based Smartphones in the United States has analysts at Gartner agog at the possibilities. Speaking at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo this week, Gartner Vice President Nick Jones declared the Smartphone wars over, with Microsoft the winner. He said that Windows Mobile-based Smartphone devices will be the dominant Smartphone platform within a few years. Maybe Gartner's excitement isn't misplaced: According to a report in DigiTimes.com, Smartphone production is ramping up, and OEMs will offer 10 different Smartphone designs to cell-phone makers by next year. Could it be?

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