@ MWC: We Learned Just How Great Of A Partner HTC Is To Microsoft

imageAt Microsoft’s press conference yesterday at Mobile World Congress, if you tied two threads together, you learned a very interesting fact about HTC, one of the company’s closest handset makers — the Taiwanese company is responsible for 80 percent of Windows Mobile phone sales. The number is astonishingly high when you consider the next fact: Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) has 50 handset partners.

First, Andy Lees, SVP of Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business, said the company has sold more than 50 million Windows Mobile devices over its lifetime. Then, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou came on stage and reminisced that his company has sold more than 40 million HTC Windows Mobile devices around the world. Chou: “12 years ago when we started our company, we met with Microsoft early on. It was clear that we shared the same vision of smart connectivity. I’m an old veteran of Windows Mobile. We try really hard to make all the visions happen, and we have sold more than 40 million HTC Windows mobile phones around the world.”

The next conclusion to make is that the other 49 OEM partners, including Palm (NSDQ: PALM), Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Samsung, have sold a 10 million phones all combined.

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