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Microsoft claims to have seen "record sales of Windows Phone this holiday"
Neowin ^ | 01/09/2014 | John Callaham

Posted on 01/09/2014 11:32:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Microsoft is using CES 2014 as a venue to give an update on sales of Windows Phone devices to members of the media. There was already evidence that products using the OS have gained a lot of sales and increased market share in Europe in the past few months and today Microsoft said that it saw those sales increase even more during the recent holiday sales period.

In a statement sent to Neowin by a Microsoft spokesperson, the company said:

We’ve seen record sales of Windows Phone this holiday worldwide, nearly doubling phone sales during Christmas week (YOY). In the third quarter this year, according to IDC, Windows Phone reinforced its position as a top three smartphone operating system and was the fastest-growing platform among the leading operating systems with 156% year-over-year gain. Windows Phone is the #2 smartphone operating system in 14 markets, and shipped more units than iPhone in 24 markets in Q3. Our portfolio continues to expand: from award-winning flagship devices like the Nokia Lumia 928/1020/1520, to affordable new innovations like the Lumia 520/625/1320 and Huawei W1/W2.

Microsoft says the 14 markets where Windows Phone is currently the number two mobile OS are:

India

Mexico

Italy

Chile

Thailand

Vietnam

Malaysia

Poland

South Africa

Ukraine

Hungary

Finland

Czech Republic

Greece

The 24 markets where Microsoft says Windows Phone devices out-shipped the iPhone are:

Chile

Colombia

Czech Republic

Egypt

Ecuador

Finland

Greece

Hungary

India

Italy

Kenya

Kuwait

Malaysia

Mexico

Nigeria

Pakistan

Peru

Poland

Saudi Arabia

South Africa

Thailand

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Vietnam

As usual when Microsoft provided an update on its Windows Phone division, the company did not offer any specific unit sale numbers of those devices.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: microsoft; nokia; smartphone; windows

1 posted on 01/09/2014 11:32:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

14 phones?


2 posted on 01/09/2014 11:37:08 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The Indian, Mexican and Chilean markets are HUGE.


3 posted on 01/09/2014 11:39:29 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: nickcarraway

28. They where bogo.


4 posted on 01/09/2014 11:39:31 AM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Stock is getting crushed from 38. IMO might be a buy around here 35.5x. Very boring, slow moving stock. The market LOVED the idea that Ballmer was going to resign, did NOT like the notion that Mullaly would NOT be coming after all.


5 posted on 01/09/2014 11:41:19 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: SeekAndFind

Love my windows phones. My wife has the Nokia Lumina 1020 (the one in the commercial with the awesome camera.) I have a Lumina 920 which is nice but a little big so I just bought the Lumia 520 for $59 with no contract and I LOVE IT. Its small, and the back cover comes off so you can access the battery and swap it out. It doesn’t have a flash but the screen is amazing, you can read it in full sun.

The interface blows iphone and Droid away in my opinion.


6 posted on 01/09/2014 11:41:24 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: SeekAndFind

sorry I am laughing so hard that I lost hal of my peach tea…. need new keyboard


7 posted on 01/09/2014 11:41:49 AM PST by Nifster
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet the kids over at the NSA are really jumping through some hoops trying to keep up. LOL!


8 posted on 01/09/2014 11:42:00 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (If you like your ObamaCare, you can keep your ObamaCare. I'll pass. PERIOD!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Windows Phone = Smartphone for third world nations.

Which is fine. No insult intended.

9 posted on 01/09/2014 11:47:06 AM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: SeekAndFind

Nokia 520 is cheap as can be and has a lot of features. I bought two for my grandsons and one for me to use overseas.


10 posted on 01/09/2014 11:48:22 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe in Europe, at least in UK, the sales numbers were high because they have lower-end Nokia that were relatively cheap.


11 posted on 01/09/2014 11:49:29 AM PST by paudio (Liberals teach Whites about guilt and shame much better than Christian churches do...)
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To: SeekAndFind

For me, most of the stuff I used to do with a smart phone, other than talking and texting, I now do with my tablet. So, price is the critical factor in the phone I choose.


12 posted on 01/09/2014 11:50:02 AM PST by circlecity
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To: SeekAndFind

They left off the huge market of Dumbassland.


13 posted on 01/09/2014 11:50:46 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: jospehm20

The 520 and 521 are on sale again... good deal

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/list/No-Contract-Windows-Phones/categoryID.63434300?Icid=Homepage_WhatsNew_1_No_Contract_Phone_010613


14 posted on 01/09/2014 11:51:59 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: bigtoona

Glad it worked for you. I had one a couple of years ago, and it was awful. Even before it bounced down a whole flight of concrete stairs.


15 posted on 01/09/2014 12:05:58 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: cableguymn; nickcarraway
SOURCE

While the numbers provided by Microsoft are indeed better than no increase at all, when compared to Android sales, the sales of Windows Phones are still a drop in the bucket. Another report, this one from Gartner (via Microsoft-news.com) shows that even combined phone/desktop/laptop/tablet sales have Android in a huge lead, which according to Gartner should continue into 2015:

Microsoft has done well to capture 10% of Europe’s market share, but it’s a market where Nokia had traditionally done well. Will the brand change upcoming, when Microsoft will no longer be able to use the Nokia name for new phones, make a difference there?

16 posted on 01/09/2014 12:17:52 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: bigtoona

“...The interface blows iphone and Droid away in my opinion.”

Sure it does.

Sure.

With the worthless interface, on my lowly iPhone, my NON-TECH savvy wife can:

Access over 410 movies
Access over 100 TV shows
Access her workout videos - from any TV in the house
Access 7,000 songs from our collection of music.
Access our photo albums on our TV
Have guests to our home share their photo albums on our TV (and share their music on our stereo)
Access and operate my computer using my TV

- Oh, I can also create and edit MS: Word, Excel and PowerPoint files while on my couch.

As a (former) MOS Certified Specialist, I think the Windows phone has a ways to go.

Just my opinion.


17 posted on 01/09/2014 12:19:35 PM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: bigtoona

LOL. I am always amazed at the iphone fanboys that make it their life to put down anything but that phone. Android has the same.

I’m curious. Does it make you feel superior in some way to blast a company that puts out a very good product but happens to not be what you want? Have you ever owned a Windows phone (8)?

Personally, I don’t care if the phone I want is number 1,2 or 50 in the market. It is the one that best fits my need and experience. I have owned an Iphone, 3 androids and now 2 Windows phones. By far, the best experience for me has been Windows phone and especially my Nokia 920. I’m looking forward to getting more phones from Nokia.

In the meantime, I am not feeling it necessary to bash Iphone or Android. I just don’t use them. And I certainly don’t have to increase my own self-esteem by jumping on a bandwagon of haters.


18 posted on 01/09/2014 12:26:21 PM PST by Jerry Attrick
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To: BBB333

That’s not critiquing the software itself, just the apps. You are correct that Microsoft does need more apps, but the phone OS is very well developed as far as I can tell and is supposedly ahead of Android and Apple in terms of being able to be productive on whatever system - laptop, tablet, or phone you wish.


19 posted on 01/09/2014 12:27:18 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jonty30

Or not.


20 posted on 01/09/2014 12:45:15 PM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: BBB333

I can only tell you that I’ve my phone for four years and used it continuously and it hasn’t crashed. Most Apple Users and Android users can’t necessarily say that.


21 posted on 01/09/2014 12:49:05 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jerry Attrick
I'm in to old cars, and am on a lot of car forums. Whenever someone asks about shocks, people come out of the woodwork to proclaim Bilstein shocks required to have a decent ride. Its complete BS. Why should someone pay 4X what it costs to by new shocks equivalent to what the car left the factory with? Particularly for a car that's a weekend cruiser!

My point is that some people need constant reaffirm their past choices. They need validation that, yes they were smarter than everyone else.
22 posted on 01/09/2014 12:49:24 PM PST by MMaschin
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To: Jonty30

“... I’ve my phone for four years...Most Apple Users and Android users can’t necessarily say that.”

Right you are.

I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone

Geze! I Can say that!

P.S the iOs is quite stable. It does not ‘crash.’

I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone
I’ve my phone


23 posted on 01/09/2014 1:08:13 PM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: BBB333

I’m sure there’s an app to prevent freezing and crashing. :)

http://www.macworld.com/article/1133078/tco_iphone_freeze.html


24 posted on 01/09/2014 1:10:28 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Jonty30

I’m not sure your version of windows phone has much in common with the current version.


25 posted on 01/09/2014 1:23:03 PM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: Jonty30

Great link to a SIX year old article.

You da bomb @ smart phone os’s!

P.S. If you do have a four year old Windows phone, it’s NOTHING like today’s phones.


26 posted on 01/09/2014 1:24:32 PM PST by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think this comment sums of the situation pretty accurately:

“so no real stats, just empty, unproven statements of sales and perceived market share. Yup. Confuse the consumer, pump false PR about phone sales and stats. Never trust MS when it comes to being upfront. They are basically just low balling the cheap, entry level markets in underdeveloped countries to gain traction, but higher end smartphones is where they lose to android and iOS in the developed world.”


27 posted on 01/09/2014 3:01:36 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Jonty30

Dont bother with the anti MS crowd here. They are convinced all MS produces is crap and they will argue to the death to prove their myopic point. FWIW I dont own a ms phone or tablet...sold my windows rt for the note 2014 edition...but in all honesty I really wish I had kept the windows tablet..it blows iOS and android out of the water for productivity and ease of use. But the anti ms tards will cry about gui..even though they likely never used it more than a few hours at best.


28 posted on 01/09/2014 3:21:51 PM PST by aft_lizard
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To: bigtoona

Sounds like something a lot of people would want.


29 posted on 01/09/2014 3:36:19 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SeekAndFind

“other” sells quite well


30 posted on 01/09/2014 3:37:19 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: aft_lizard

Oh, I know that. Under no circumstances will they give Microsoft credit for anything, no matter the progress or even when Microsoft might actually be ahead on a point or two.


31 posted on 01/09/2014 4:51:27 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: dangerdoc

My Windows phone is the Nokia 710 that I bought in April 2012. My mistake on that point. I work a lot of hours, so my sense of time is a bit skewed.

However, it still works like a charm and it has never crashed once since I got it. I bought it because I knew that Microsoft had to be willing to eat dirt and offer a great phone for a cheap price if it wanted to break back into the phone market and it followed through.

Whatever I need to do, I can do it without having to resort to searching on the internet for instructions.

I will, however, probably upgrade to the next incarnation, whatever that might be.


32 posted on 01/09/2014 5:04:42 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: cableguymn
28. They where bogo.

You forgot the "friends and family" freebies too....

33 posted on 01/09/2014 5:06:09 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: aft_lizard

I’m intrigued by the ASUS hybrids. I have used windows for decades, there are programs that I use regularly that I cannot find on any other platforms. Unfortunately, I am not a Metro fan and there are now Android apps that do things in a way I like better than on a Windows computer.

I frequently have a Transformer and PC laptop both open in front of me going back and forth. I’m not sure if the new ASUS will do exactly what I want but it could be cool. The Android in a window would be even better but from what I’m reading Google and Microsoft both will try to cut it off at the knees.


34 posted on 01/09/2014 7:22:58 PM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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To: dangerdoc

I was just looking at one. Interesting concept..I will take a step back and see how it goes. 18.1 inches is just too big to be an effective tablet Imo.


35 posted on 01/09/2014 7:38:13 PM PST by aft_lizard
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To: aft_lizard

I think will be available in different sizes.


36 posted on 01/10/2014 5:34:32 AM PST by dangerdoc (I don't think you should be forced to make the same decision I did even if I know I'm right.)
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