Microsoft's mobile operating system hits platinum-and-a-half milestone as company emphasizes a "long run" strategy.
Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 has been on the market since November 8 in North America, and it appears as if the device is off to, if not a spectacular, at least respectable start. Today, Microsoft announced that Windows Phone 7 devices sold more than 1.5 million units within six weeks. However, the Redmond, Washington-based company did not indicate how many units had been sold through to consumers.
As part of an internal interview, Microsoft vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones Achim Berg emphasized that the company's goal for success in the mobile market is not predicated on short-term sales milestones. He also noted that comparing Windows Phone 7 sales to the competition would be an "apples-to-oranges" effort.
"Our numbers are similar to the performance of other first-generation mobile platforms," he said. "We introduced a new platform with Windows Phone 7, and when you do that, it takes time to educate partners and consumers on what you're delivering and drive awareness and interest in your new offering. We're comfortable with where we are, and we are here for the long run; Windows Phone 7 is just the beginning."
Windows Phone 7 is currently available on four smartphones in the US: the HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, HTC HD7, and Dell Venue Pro. Microsoft is also cross-promoting Windows Phone 7 with its Xbox brand, beyond the operating system's Xbox Live compatibility. From now until December 31, the company is offering a choice of free Xbox 360 games with all new Windows Phone 7 purchases. Games eligible with the offer are Halo: Reach, Fable III, Kinectimals, and Kinect Joy Ride.
im sorry but cell phones are not really a gamers dream nor are cell phones really great for anything other then actually calling people. i think we have gotten carried away with cell phone features. because of the limited screen size you really cannot share photos do email and surf the web that well. you really need something like an ipad for that but oh well if you ask me the real future are in tablets not tacking on features on cell phones!
... Cool? This is the hurrah of a community with a bias towards Microsoft. That said, I'm intrigued by these phones. Though I don't get why this is news for a gamer site.
WP7 has games and an implementation of Live. HOPEFULLY Microsoft will make the WP7 Live into something interesting and worthwhile, with as much (practical) interaction with XBL/GFWL as possible. Plus the "buy a WP7 phone and get a 360 game" is worth mentioning.
@MetalZombieII Never once did I say the the iPod was the technologically superior product, you assumed that. I was simply stating that because of many factors (fan base, mass appeal, name recognition, music store, app store etc) the iPod is the king of the proverbial media device hill and no matter how advanced the Zune is it will most likely will never take away the iPods thunder. Much the same the IPhone is seen as be all end all of smart phones, why else would every new phone that comes out be touted as the "iPhone killer" unless the iPhone is considered the big dog of the pack. That doesn't mean that it has the greatest tech, as many features as it's competitors, it just means that for the same reasons that the iPod are successful. Now sure the windows phone 7 has alot going for it but a person would have to be painfully overoptimistic to not see this as a David vs Goliath situation for then.
@magicalclick: I have the HTC 7 Trophy, but I think that's only for Australia. If I were you I'd go for the HD7 :) The good thing about WP7 is that, AFAIK, MS is very strict with what third parties can do with the OS, so most phones will be the same anyway.
@BrokutheMighty sorry, the area i live up here in Canada says the statement i said because in my opinion, it is the best for the price, and i have tryed alot of different things and the machine does not seem worth the money paid for it but apple machines do, especially being able to do with them, and here in canada, apple phones are sold at every phone provider so i can stay with my provider with it, i think they are a great deal, like for instance with my statement i said, i got a toshiba laptop, i had it for two years and my girlfriend got a apple laptop and she had hers for 5, her laptop works alot better than mind and any other laptop that ive looked at, and im a pretty big computer nerd, i builds my own desktop computers, and same thing with phones, i had a blackberry and it is not as good on the internet, does not have the awesome apps and not as fast as the apple and i can say that about any phone i had previously
Just got my WP7 device the other day, and it truly is a beautiful phone OS to use and browse, miles ahead of iOS and Android.
@El_Conrado, yeah indeed, having a keyboard on the front like the Palm, BB Bold and the rumored HTC WP7 phone the HTC Trophy (that will never happen due to screenresolution which conflicts with MS' policy for WP7). Maybe a keyboard on the front is allowed but then again with a 800 x 480 screen above it (which is a demand aswell) it will be a impossible and unwanted phone anyway. So Droid Pro it is...
@kemuelste. I use it to make phone calls. I can check my email at work or at home. I'm not a slave to my phone, like you make yourself sound like.
If there was a cheaper iPod Touch-type device that I could just use to play games over wifi and get points, I'd be happy. I already have a phone I'm happy with, and asking people to ditch their Android or Apple phone for Windows Mobile 7 is a very tough ask.
I really like the interface, but Microsoft should have made one official Microsoft phone, just like there is "the" Apple phone, iPhone of course. They would still have other phones with the same MS system, it's just that there's one phone with Microsoft considered as its maker (hardware instead of just software).
Glad to hear that this is doing much better than the ill-fated Kin. I was really looking foward to Windows Phone 7, now I just have to wait till they release one on Sprint.
Waiting on the Nokia/Intel Meego OS revolution to begin next year. Time is counting down. Mark my words.
Well, I'm anti-Microsoft in the game realm due to their business practices, but I'm even more anti-Apple in the mobile phone realm for the same reason. I took the third option and got an Android phone though, and I love it. Windows 7 phones look pretty decent, though.
@ronnet "Their hardware and software requirements mean that all WP7 devices can run all apps would issues but it also means there wont be a phone with a QWERTY keyboard on the front." There were two on release, HTC 7 Pro with a normal horizontal slider, and the Dell Venue Pro with a vertical one. The WP7 spec does not preclude keyboards. EDIT: Oh, you mean like a Palm. Nevermind. Still, the Dell Venue Pro is the closest thing to what you want.
@ mightEone Could not agree with you more!!! Before to long, the children of he world will be walking around with visual visors on that stream digital content to them in a continuous feed. When is enough, enough? I really could care less what the hell my phone can and can't do, so long as I can simply call and text. Don't get me wrong and I mean no ill will to all those who love the functionality of today's phones. But I am a get out of the technology world and enjoy the world as it should be, not digitally, at least all the time. Get out of your digital hovels and live a little bit instead of living through 0's nad 1's
What happened to the first 6? I dont remember windows being in the phone game at all. I must be really far behind.
@mad_krips I hate to inform you that in worldwide sales Noikia is first then RIM. The I Phone is growing fast but blackberry still has the lead
im planning on getting one, hopefully sometime next year, i tried one out and they are very slick and easy to use. plus too many people have an iphones
They need to release it Worldwide. They should have added Droid support and went with Verizon - http://www.droiddoes.com/ I have a cheap T-Mobile phone with unlimited texting. lol!! That's all I need, I play all my games on consoles and handhelds.
@IrishBulldog93 Windows Phone 7 will hardly be a competitor for iPhone, if Microsoft can hope for anything maybe they can hope to share the small back seat with RIM. Apple and Google are in the front fighting over who gets to drive.
i for one am delighted to see a competitor for the iphone cause it will hopefully encourage people to make better phones at better prices in the future as they will be competing for sales !!!
@ahpuck Yeah, but what do you use it for? There's multiple reasons to get the iPhone, etc. It's not only for making calls, like your $19.99 phone. I brought the Windows 7 phone, and I use it for more then just calling people and texting, I use it for gaming, business, checking my email and for checking my airplane flights. Yeah yours works fine, but mines does more then I would ever need. (PS. Sorry for sounding like a dick btw.)
I bought my cellphone for $19.99 3 years ago and it still works better than any android, iphone or windows phone.
As expected, Microsoft has to really give it all if they want to get a second chance. It is their own fault, selling us an mobile OS from 2003 all the way into 2009 (with only minor updates). WP7 however looks awesome, I wont be an early purchaser but eventually I might get one. Only negative thing about it is also a positive. Their hardware and software requirements mean that all WP7 devices can run all apps would issues but it also means there wont be a phone with a QWERTY keyboard on the front. Which is why I'll probably end up getting a Droid Pro (I only fear its different screenresolution and hardware specs will make most apps useless for me).
I love my WP7... Does it have its own short-comings? Absolutely. But it's a spectacular platform uplift from its predecessor, and has most of the features that I would look for in a "first generation" mobile platform. Hopefully the upcoming Q1 patch will address some glitchy behavior and missing functionality, and perhaps even introduce some new features. Great job MS!
Currently got my HTC Desire for another 12 months, and Microsoft are supporting WP7 right now, if they keep the support up then i'll probably get a WP7 unless Android turns around & does something incredible. (I love android, but when i get a "New" phone, i want a "New" phone)
@magicalclick I agree it can be a double edged sword but I think it's more then obvious that wont happen to Android. I think the customization has actually helped android a ton. People like Iphones but they also want to have something others don't. Android allows you to customize your phone so that it's completely different from someone else's. Me and a co-worker of mine both have EVO's. When he used mine he was blown away at how much different it was and faster.
I think that the UI is freaking sweet and unique, but some features that android and ios have are still lacking. I really like the initial push attempt, but they must not rest on there laurels.
@yaba "Good. Just what Microsoft needed. More money...." The immediate need for microsoft is neither money or revenue, it is expanding into new markets not related to operating systems and office suites.. While the XBox has been a slight success financially, with it they finally expanded to a new market, most importantly exposing themselves (in a bright light) to a younger age group. WP7 is attempting to do just that again, not necessarily make crazy profit, but expose there brand into new markets.