Windows Mobile 7 coming next year, says Ballmer

Microsoft has had an conference call earlier today, and Steve Ballmer spoke about Windows Mobile as one of its 7 big businesses.

According to Ballmer, Microsoft has been ramping up expenditure in the Windows Mobile segment over the last few years, and at $900 million per year, Windows Mobile is close to 4% of Microsoft's operating expenditure and has 2000 employees (RIM has 2900). This still however leaves Windows Mobile as a "somewhat unprofitable" Microsoft business, and with Windows Mobile currently 3rd place in market share behind Symbian and RIM.

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