Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore talked Windows Phone 7 at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference, but declined to reveal sales figures for the new smartphone platform.
Microsoft still seems reluctant to share sales numbers for
Windows Phone 7.
During a Dec. 7 conversation with Walt Mossberg at the D:
Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's
corporate vice president and director of Windows Phone Program Management,
declined to offer any hard data on the new smartphone platform's marketplace
Belfiore also suggested that Windows Phone 7 apps now total
between three and four thousand, and that feature updates are in the works:
"There are certainly some functionality shortfalls and we are going to work to
address them." Those features include cut-and-paste, which Microsoft executives
have suggested will arrive in early 2011.
With Microsoft pushing millions of dollars into Windows
Phone 7's development and marketing, the pressure is on for a successful
product line. Should the platform succeed, it could help Microsoft's several
quarters' worth of market-share declines in the face of intense pressure from
Google Android and the Apple iPhone.
However, some analysts see a steep uphill climb for the
smartphones, which launched in the United States in early November on AT&T and
"Not all the stars are aligning for the Microsoft operating
system the way it did for [Google] Android," Ross Rubin, the NPD Group's
executive director for industry analysis, wrote
in a Nov. 30 posting on the research firm's corporate blog. "First, whereas
Verizon had a paucity of touch screen smartphones prior to the Droid, AT&T
and T-Mobile are flush with them."
However, "the devices at those carriers offer clear
alternatives to the incumbents," Rubin added. "All of the Windows phones at
AT&T pack something the iPhone lacks, and the HD7's screen looms large
above others in T-Mobile's portfolio."
A report from TheStreet.com, paraphrasing an unnamed "market
research source who tracks phone sales," suggested that some 40,000 Windows
Phone 7 devices had sold on Nov. 8, the U.S. release date. International news
outlets such as DigiTimes have reported strong Windows Phone 7 sales in parts
of Europe and Australia, although a new report from U.K.
retailer MobilesPlease indicated the smartphones were being outsold by Google
Android and Symbian rivals in that country.
previously referred eWEEK's queries about Windows Phone 7's sales numbers
to AT&T and T-Mobile. An AT&T spokesperson declined to cite exact
figures, but offered a statement: "While we won't disclose specific sales
figures, we're encouraged by the early demand from customers in stores and
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.