Microsoft CEO Disappointed Windows Phone 7 First Year Sales

Posted by at 3:30 pm on September 15, 2011

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer during the company’s Financial Analyst Meeting acknowledged that Windows Phone 7 still wasn’t performing well. Treating it as a first-year wrap up, he said Microsoft phone partners hadn’t sold “quite as many as I would have liked” between its October release and today. He didn’t quantify the numbers, but shipments have been flat and have led to steady losses in market share.

He put most of his faith in the near term on phones running Mango, the first major yearly update to Windows Phone. It adds multitasking, Twitter and IM integration, forward-facing camera support, and a much faster and accurate Internet Explorer browser. Microsoft’s current role was not to have usurped Apple or Google but to have created a genuine option for those who didn’t want either Android or an iPhone.

“I’m not saying I love where we are, but I am very optimistic on where we can be,” he said during the meeting.

Ballmer put Nokia at a privileged level among Windows Phone partners and saw it as a key ingredient to getting Windows Phone into relevance. Unlike HTC, LG, Samsung, and virtually every other partner to date that was making most of its success on Android and treated WP7 as a side project, Nokia consciously chose Microsoft as a way of standing out in the market. Microsoft is also known to have influenced the deal further through billions of dollars in funding through marketing and other resources.

Mango is already on the shipping Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T in Japan but will reach North America, Europe, and the rest of the world in or near October.

1 Comment for “Microsoft CEO Disappointed Windows Phone 7 First Year Sales”

  1. Robert

    If MS would have provided an upgrade path for Windows Mobile 6.x to Phone 7, the market penetration would have beeen significantly faster.

    There are a very significant number of people out there who use Mobile 6.x and will continue to use it until the death of their devices.

    Some of these devices are top of the class such as the Samsung Omnia II and I for one don’t see a need to change my mobile for a long time to come.

    The question is, once the day of buying a new mobile, will I or others stay on Windows or will we / they migrate to Android, bada, etc.

    If there would have been an upgrade to Mobile 7 on the current devices, one would have been able to experience Phone 7 and maybe become convinced and locked in.

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