Tomorrow Microsoft will host its latest earnings call and in advance of this, I had the opportunity to speak with Greg Sullivan about Windows Phone 7. We heard some fairly impressive sales numbers in December and Greg informed me that Microsoft sold 2.1 million licenses of Windows Phone 7 to OEMs, up to 31 December 2010. This figure was about 1.5 million in mid-December so they are showing nice growth here.
Microsoft also conducted some surveys of Windows Phone 7 buyers and found that 93% of these owners are satisfied or very satisfied with their new phone. 90% also recommend the product to others so these survey results are quite positive and match my own personal experiences.
As I talk about in my Windows Phone 7 Wednesday software feature, there are now over 6,800 applications for Windows Phone 7 with a growth rate of about 400 apps per week.
I imagine when we see more phones and more carriers, namely Verizon, we may see more people trying out Windows Phone 7. As I have stated before, I cannot give up my HD7 and am extremely pleased with Windows Phone 7 so I am very happy to hear it is doing pretty well and also hearing that Microsoft is in it for the long haul. We will soon see an update, more applications, and more hardware so go to your local AT&T or T-Mobile store and try one out. Everyone I have shown my HD7 to has been quite impressed with the UI and experience.
These figures may not sound like much when compared to iOS and Android, but Windows Phone 7 is a completely new OS and should continue to grow over time. There is still a lot of room for growth in the smartphone world and Microsoft is making moves to aggressively promote Windows Phone 7.