Microsoft has announced that Robbie Bach, president of the company's Entertainment and Devices Division, will retire from the company in the autumn. The E&D division is responsible for music (Zune), gaming (Xbox) and for Windows Phone products. From 1st July, Senior Vice President Andy Lees – who currently runs the Mobile Communications Business – will report directly to CEO Steve Ballmer, as will his Interactive Entertainment Business counterpart Don Mattrick.
Gartner's latest report into worldwide mobile phone sales says end-users bought 314.7 million devices in the first quarter of 2010, 17% up on the same period in 2009. Smartphone sales rose 48.7% to 54.3 million units.
Hong Kong-based manufacturer G-Five made its debut in the top 10, while an increase in OEM 'white box' manufacturing has seen the 'others' category increase.
James Rosewell and Mark Bridge report from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where they talk about the launch of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, discuss the movement behind mobile payments and interview Amir Kupervas, CEO of Else Mobile.