Microsoft launched Mobile Windows 5.0, even though its presence in the mobile market is 1.0. Everyone overlooked the fact that the worldwide shipments of phones using the Symbian platform increased 180% – 6.75 million Symbian-based phones shipped in the quarter compared to 2.4 million phones the year before. By the end of the quarter, 48 Symbian-based phones were shipping from vendors such as Nokia, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and Panasonic. Samsung and China’s Lenovo have signed up as well. Nokia is a big booster, but no surprise there. I just wonder why we pay so much attention to relative non-starters Palm and Microsoft. Is it because Symbian is a relative non-player in the US?