Skip to comments.Microsoft: 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices sold (Says sales meet 'realistic' expectations)
Posted on 12/21/2010 2:13:31 PM PST by SeekAndFind
More than 1.5 million cell phones carrying Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating software have sold in the first six weeks of launch, meeting what the company called "realistic" expectations.
Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows phones, released sales numbers for the nascent platform for the first time in an internally conducted interview posted on Microsoft's website. (Msnbc.com is an NBC Universal-Microsoft joint venture.)
Windows Phone 7 was unveiled in October and marked the software maker's expansion into a smart phone arena dominated by Apple and Google. Analysts say it could be Microsoft's last chance to establish a major presence in a hot market.
Taiwan's HTC, Dell Inc, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are among the vendors who have launched or plan to begin selling Phone 7-based devices.
"We all know that the competition is extreme in this industry, and we have to compete on multiple fronts," Berg said in the interview.
"We are on a path to begin releasing the first of several updates in the next couple of months, and several more mobile operators around the world will introduce Windows Phone 7 on their network in 2011."
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MSNBC is just utterly useless... That’s 1.5 million phones into the vendor chain, IE: We sold them to someone, who knows if they’ve gotten into any end user’s hands. Or rather, the makers of the phones have sold them, since Microsoft doesn’t produce any of these phones themselves.
A good number, and good on the vendors who filled their shelves, as it’s probably a smart move in the long run, but still have yet to see one myself in the wild, and I live in a very cell phone rich environment.
1.5 million units?
Must be a rounding error.
(Ref: MS CEO Ballmer’s comments when the iPhone came out.)
Pretty pathetic performance. That’s also not units sold, just shipped; remember, they tried this reporting tactic with the Zune, too - and look how well that worked out.
Well, I just bought an Android phone last week (HTC EVO 4G) and absolutely love it. Sorry Microsoft.
The only people I’ve seen around here that have one also have email addresses that end in @microsoft.com.
And some of them only have them because their boss makes them carry it. Otherwise, they’d only carry their iPhone 4.
To quote a poster on another forum:
“...there’s a certain amount of schadenfreude involved, watching Microsoft repeatedly crash and burn, after having put up with decades of Microsoft using monopolistic tactics and dirty tricks to try to kill their competition. Turns out when they have to compete [by the merits of their product alone] on a level playing field, they’re just not very good at it.”
I have one and I love it. In fact I love it so much I bought two more for my sons.
Android is a phone OS for a phone. Just like Windows Mobile was (Microsoft’s old OS). the issue with Android is vendor and carrier’s will not always deliver a consistent and quality end-user experience. Evo is great from what I can tell, but for every evo there’s a junky Android phone out there. Plus there is no commonality between the UI. Each carrier and OEM can do whatever they want with it. This is one of biggest issues with Windows Mobile.
Windows Phone however, took the best of both worlds. Consistent UI and standards (like the iPhone), but also allows for multiple OEM hardware manufacturers.
I honestly thought I’d hate the tiles, but I have to say...it’s genious. The commercials for it suck though. You really have to use one for a day to “get it”.
Going back to android just feels wrong after using windows phone 7.
This response sent to you on a WP7. I like it so far. Only one real complaint, no flash yet. Although it is supposedly in the works.
Really? While they do struggle from time to time, when they have their eyes on a market they end up moving in and setting up a pretty big footprint.
Example: Search (Bing)
Next Example: Windows Phone
One more example:
Net PCs (used to be all linux based now they are all windows based). I use all in a relative sense.
My biggest issue was no tethering but if you have the LG or the Samsung there’s a diagnostic mode you can use to change the USB from Zune Sync to USB Tethering :-)
I’m a very happy camper now.
I've never tried a Windows Phone, so I can't really comment on that. I am however now finally retiring my old Windows Pocket PC, which I used for light Internet browsing, tide chart lookups, etc. The thing was pretty finnicky when it came to connecting with the net, bluetooth, etc.
Servers: Moving more and more to Linux, which is why MS has brought out “lite” versions of Server 2008.
xBox: Crushed by the Wii in sales. Hardware failures didn’t help.
Bing: No threat to Google at current time. Mostly doesn’t actually find anything.
Windows Phone: Yeah, I don’t think so.
Microsoft completely changed roads between windows mobile (pocketPC) and windows phone 7.
Pocket PC/Windows Mobile is much closer to Android than Android is to Windows Phone 7.
Keep in mind Pocket PC was designed for a stylus not a finger and it quite old technology. Windows Phone 7 isn’t your grandads old windows mobile.
Uh, do you mean Netbooks? Many of them are still Linux based and some are going to be moving to Chrome. Win 7 on a netbook is painful.
But then, the netbook category is being crushed by the iPad, so it’s irrelevant anyway.
Servers: Windows was way behind Unix when they moved to the server market and they kicked unix out of the market.
Xbox: They did crush Playstation..which was their target. And now they are moving after the wii with kinect. in fact the last 6 months in a row they have outsold the Wii. And they are the only console to see year over year growth during that time period.
Bing: Once again to go from 0 to 10% is very good. That’s like saying google OS for PCs isn’t a threat to microsoft since they are so small.
Windows Phone: Market has too many players right now to declare long term winners and losers, but if you would use a windows phone you’d understand that they actually did something right.
And netbooks Microsoft is dominating a market where they went from 0 to over 90% market in just a couple years.
Windows is going to make a version for Arm chipsets so I expect the tablet market to be on the horizon as well.
Fact is no other IT company can dominate as Microsoft has.
Flash + phone = battery life measured in minutes. Screw Adobe.
Yes I meant netbooks...not sure why I said net PCs.
I kind of agree with that. However, I’d still like to have it as there are a ton of games that I could play for free.
But then you’d have security issues and crashes with it. It’s definitely a buyer beware scenario.