It is perhaps both worrying and inevitable that Microsoft's move into the phone market would lead to widespread Windows Mobile adoption, but could even one of its greatest opponents be about to crumble?
News has reached us that Sony Ericsson - bastion of Symbian and UIQ - has just inked a monstrous deal with Windows Mobile favourite HTC for the Taiwanese smartphone specialist to build it one million OEM units of an as yet unspecified model.
Typically rock solid site The Commercial Times is the source of the story and with HTC annually shipping roughly 10m handsets per year this megadeal would see a 10 per cent increase in its business in a single swoop. Furthermore, given than HTC has never made a non-Windows Mobile based device it seems highly unlikely that it would take on such a monstrous order for something it has no experience with. In fact, would Sony Ericsson even go to the Windows Mobile aficionado if it wanted an non-Windows Mobile device?!
Either way, the planned handset - which must surely be an important, perhaps game-changing, model for Sony Ericsson - is scheduled for Q2 2008 and expect plenty for information to slip through the cracks between now and then.
Of course Sony recently canned Atrac Connect and SonicStage on its Walkman brand and moved to WMA, so perhaps the stage has already been set...