Microsoft: Windows Phone 7 sells 1.5 million units in first six weeks


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Windows Phone 7 has sold 1.5 million units in its first six weeks on the market, Microsoft says.

But the tech company might want to hold off on popping the champagne. The numbers represent sales to retail stores and carriers. Device sales to customers are probably far lower.


And to compare with competitors, Apple sold nearly 2 million iPhone 4s in just two days. And when it comes to attracting more Android users, Google’s no slouch either.

Microsoft seems to realize that it doesn’t get much in the way of bragging rights from the 1.5-million figure, which was tucked deep into an interview with mobile operations vice president Achim Berg on the company website.

Since going on sale in November, devices made by companies such as Samsung and HTC but operating with the Windows Phone 7 system have seen mild interest at best.

But sales are “in line” with Microsoft’s expectations and are “ramping well as our reputation is growing for offering users a unique experience,” Berg said. The company is planning to begin releasing updates in the next few months and expand its network of mobile operators and manufacturers.

“We know we have tough competition, and this is a completely new product,” he said. “We’re in the race -- it’s not a sprint but we are certainly gaining momentum and we’re in it for the long run.”



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-- Tiffany Hsu