The first smartphone with Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.0 operating system will arrive on the market in the first half of 2007.
Taiwan handset makers estimate the system will become the mainstream platform in the market during the second half of 2008. According to Wu, shipments of handset devices based on the latest operating system usually ship in volume about six months after the first model is introduced.
Wu pointed out that Microsoft currently has partnered with 115 companies and 47 handset makers have rolled out more than one hundred Windows Mobile handheld devices in the market. Most of the makers are Taiwan-based companies.
Handset makers including High Tech Computer (HTC), Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Eten Information Systems and Mitac International are expected to be the first makers to launch handheld devices powered by Windows Mobile 6.0, said the market sources.