Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

Summary: 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.

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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.

Update: This number represents sales of Windows Phone 7 phones from phone makers to carriers. It is not the number of phones sold to customers by the carriers.

Windows Phone 7 devices went on sale in Europe on October 21 and in the U.S. on November 8. In the U.S., only two carriers currently offer the GSM-only phones: AT&T and T-Mobile. In early 2011, Verizon and Sprint are expected to begin selling CDMA Windows Phone 7 devices.

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.

Microsoft is expected to deliver an update to the Windows Phone 7 operating system in early 2011 that will add support for copy and paste, along with other new functionality. My sources have indicated that a major operating system update, codenamed "Mango," is coming in the third quarter of 2011 and will include support for Silverlight and HTML 5.

Microsoft execs are not commenting on the company's future roadmap for the Windows Phone OS. When I asked, a spokesperson provided the following official statement:

"Microsoft will push Windows Phone 7 software updates to end users and all Windows Phone 7 devices will be eligible for updates. As Microsoft has stated previously, they are committed to delivering regular updates to the Windows Phone experience with our partners. We have no further information to share on future updates."

Topics: Telcos, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

    Competition = Good for users... It's gonna be an interesting fight between RIMM, Apple, Google, Microsoft & Nokia. I'm loving it :D
    Rahul Mulchandani
    • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

      @Rahul Mulchandani

      Yeah, people love to repeat that "competition is good for users" mantra but it's not true when half of the players in a given market are phoning it in (so to speak.) The half-baked crap being dumped into the market by most of these companies will actually hurt users when they get suckered into buying them. At this point, there are only one or two phones I'd want to own. If there were indeed true competition, with a batch of companies truly trying to compete, not just dumping beta products into the bargain bins in the hopes of snagging the profits of 2-year contracts, then the consumer would benefit. As it stands, not so much.
      Andre Richards
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        Microsoft?s newly updated Enterprise Agreement (EA) volume licensing terms take effect. Via the updated EA, users won?t be restricted to primarily device-based licensing terms. Instead, they?ll be able to mix and match the way they license products, with cloud-deployment being one of the options.
        raimu koyo asu
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        There are over 2 million titles in the Barnes & Noble ebookstore, compared to the 950,000 titles in the Amazon ebookstore. In addition, you can transfer over DRM and non-DRM EPUB files through a USB connection or Adobe Digital Editions. This functionality let me bring over all of the books in my Sony Reader library and also check out ebooks from my local public library.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        The original Nook let ebook readers who had books from Peanut Press read them on the device
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        but PDB formats are no longer supported. For those enthusiasts who still own these books I am sure
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        they can figure out how to use Calibre to get these titles on their new device too.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        Microsoft is making some big changes to one of its Windows Phone programs that is resulting in some unhappy former advocates.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        A number of Windows Phone Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) ? the volunteer army that has
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        helped Microsoft with its mobile phone charge ? are being notified this week that Microsoft
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        is dropping them from its program.
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        I?ve heard that Microsoft earlier this week sent e-mail this week to a number of MVPs on its Windows
        Linux Love
      • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

        Phone team notifying them that they are not going to be renewed at the end of their existing terms.
        Linux Love
    • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

      @Rahul Mulchandani One major point with Microsoft's approach, is that they always assume that there will be a lot of people out in the world, who do work, -that Microsoft wants to happen with a relationship to Microsoft products. This does not go for Apple (except for skin/case manufacturers etc. for ipod), or for Google. In other words, there are millions of people for whom choosing Microsoft's attitude will benefit them.
      Arabalar
    • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

      @Rahul Mulchandani Yeah, people love to repeat that "competition is good for users" mantra but it's not true when half of the players in a given market are phoning it in (so to speak.) The half-baked crap being dumped into the market by most of these companies will actually hurt users when they get suckered into buying them. At this point, there are only one or two phones I'd want to own. If there were indeed true competition, with a batch of companies truly trying to compete, not just dumping beta products into the bargain bins in the hopes of snagging the profits of 2-year contracts, then the consumer would benefit. As it stands, not so much.
      Arabalar
  • LOL!

    @cyberslammer2, why is it so deathly important for you to spam these boards, child? You only seem to post on articles that worry you, so we'll take this as a good sign.

    Speaking of enjoing your flop, I guess your life still sucks?
    :)
    John Zern
    • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

      @John Zern Yep my life sucks horrible...<br><br>Why would something as crappy as the Windows Phone 7 worry me? LOL you really must let things ruin your parade on a petty scale if Microsoft drives your world...it doesn't drive mine, well except when I'm being knifed in a deathmatch on Black Ops on my 360.<br><br>I still stand by my prediction the Windows 7 phone will flop..check Mary Jo's corrected response below.
      cyberslammer2
    • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

      @John Zern No reply John??? Not after Mary Jo corrected the figures???

      I figured as much.
      cyberslammer2
    • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

      @cyberslammer2

      Seriously, you gave a full 30 minutes for John to reply? Not everyone is obsessively refreshing the comments...
      rtk
  • RE: Microsoft: More than 1.5 million Windows Phone 7s sold to date

    @cyberslammer2 "This number represents sales of Windows Phone 7 phones from phone makers to carriers. It is not the number of phones sold to customers by the carriers."<br><br>Nobody has actually bought it yet, these could very well sit unsold on a shelf. Technically the suckers are the phone providers, but even they were probably paid substantial kick-backs by MS to try and promote the new OS. So really there are no suckers and the competition might actually create better promotions for consumers. You will probably see a lot of free MP7 phones when you lock into a plan, so no real loss there.
    Socratesfoot