After weeks of avoiding answering questions about how many Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold since their launch in late October, Microsoft execs have decided to release figures.
On December 21, in an article on its Web site for the press, Microsoft officials said that its phone partners have sold “over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks” they were available.
Sales might have been higher, had phone makers and carriers actually provided sufficient stock. Or if phone makers didn’t have to delay shipping models with various technical glitches. But in any case, that 1.5 million figure is quite a bit higher than various (informed and uninformed) estimates I’ve seen.
The article goes on to update that the figure is actually 1.5 million units sold to carriers, not actual consumers. So, what does it all mean?
To me, it sounds like the numbers weren't anything to cry home about. But that's fine. Microsoft is in this for the long haul and unfortunately this is a market where numbers are everything. If they don't say any numbers, people think it's a total failure. Which is a total bummer in my book.
We need other OS's in this market. It's even better that the Metro UI is completely unlike anything out there. Who wants to have a handful of OS's that look exactly like iOS and Android? Not me friend, that's for sure.
While these numbers aren't encouraging to "analysts", it's encouraging to myself, a tech enthusiast. Speaking of tech enthusiasts, Trigon! If you're curious about the best way in enable your company's mobile infrastructure, let us know!