MS won't reveal Windows Phone 7 sales

Robert Clark
08 Dec 2010
Daily News

Microsoft has declined to reveal sales figures of the company’s latest effort at a mobile OS, Windows Phone 7.

While new platform has been well-reviewed, sales have rumored to be soft as it tries to find space in a market dominated by three major operating systems.

The first WP7 devices went on sale in the UK six weeks ago and in the US a month ago. Reportedly, 40,000 WP7 phones sold on US launch day on November 8.

Interviewed by WSJ’s Walt Mossberg at the Dive Into Mobile conference, Joe Belfiore, director of Windows Phone program management, said it was “too soon” to disclose sales. “We’re not talking numbers,” he said.

He denied that meant sales were slow, but he admitted that it could take “a couple of years” before WP7 claimed a large share of the mobile market.

Currently, it ran on just ten high-end devices and would need to get to lower price points before it becomes a mass market OS, he said.

“It’s certainly the case that there are a lot of people building good products. My personal feeling is things won’t change that dramatically that quickly.”

Belfiore said the WP7 app store now had 3,000-4,000 apps.

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