More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices sold in 6 wks


Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday that it has sold over 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 phones in the first six weeks of retail availability.

Microsoft’s Achim Berg, Vice President of Business and Marketing for Windows Phone, revealed the figures in a QnA posted by Microsoft on Tuesday. The figures blow away previous estimates based on Facebook usage data. Microsoft says the figures represent sales of devices from phone manufacturers to carriers, not directly to customers. Berg confirmed that the sales are ramping up well and meeting Microsoft’s expectations.”I think our expectations are realistic for a new platform. We started fresh with Windows Phone 7, and it’s a different kind of phone. Measuring for success is more long term than short term. We launched with many of the top mobile operators in the world, and even more in the coming year in 2011.”

Microsoft now has over 18,000 registered Windows Phone developers and has promised developer payments in January. Early estimates, based on Facebook usage, said that around 120,000+ devices had been sold, Microsoft’s admission on Tuesday blew away these early estimates and shows the platform is showing early promise. Research firm, IDC, said this week that the Windows Phone platform is off to a good start and that the level of applications in the Marketplace is impressive. Microsoft employees have famously dodged Windows Phone 7 sales questions over the past few months. Today’s sales figures will reassure developers and consumers that the platform is primed for a rosy future.

Microsoft is planning to release a Windows Phone 7 OS update in early 2011. Microsoft is officially saying that the update is due in early 2011 but WinRumors understands Microsoft officials will detail the upcoming changes at CES. Windows Phone 7 is a key part of Microsoft’s long term mobile strategy and we expect the software giant to detail a second bigger update in February at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain. Microsoft’s second update will introduce enhanced developer controls for applications and updated Silverlight components. Microsoft’s first update recently leaked in a video of the company’s implementation of Windows Phone 7 copy and paste.

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Re: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7 devices sold in 6

My brother just got a WP7 today. He isn't impressed by it.

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