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Sales of smartphones based on Windows Phone operating system have quadrupled compared to the same time last year thanks to the launch of Windows Phone 8 platform. Moreover, in many countries WP8-based handsets from Nokia and HTC are sold out. With strong sales of Windows Phone 8-powered devices, Microsoft may be able to challenge RIM in terms of market share.

“Windows Phone 8 has been on sale for a few weeks and is off to a great start. Handsets made by HTC and Nokia are getting rave reviews and have initially sold out in many countries,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft, at Annual Shareholder Meeting, reports Bloomberg news-agency.

Actual sales of Windows Phone 8-based smartphones are still pretty low, which is why Microsoft does not disclose actual number of devices sold. Nonetheless, the company claims that shipments of Windows Phone 8 smartphones in November ’12 were four times higher compared to sales of Windows Phone 7 phones in November ’11. Provided that shipments of products powered by Windows Phone 8 continue to be strong, Microsoft will be able to significantly boost its smartphone market share.

  

According to Gartner, sales of Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 handsets were 2.759 million units in Q4 2011, which represented 1.9% market share. In case Microsoft and its partners manage to sell 10.8 million WP8-based smartphones in Q4 2012, the company will be able to challenge Research in Motion’s Blackberry platform both in terms of sales as well as market share.

Theoretically, Microsoft Windows Phone 8 may become the No. 3 smartphone operating system already this quarter provided that it leaves RIM’s Blackberry behind. Still, Windows Phone will be considerably behind Google Android and Apple iOS.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, Apple, iOS, Google, Android, RIM, Blackberry

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Microsoft is putting all it's resources behind Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. With the decision to use the same kernel for both platforms it's very likely that the code for both platforms will soon become identical.
1 0 [Posted by: groberts116  | Date: 11/28/12 10:37:03 PM]
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It better sell, they sold out on Windows 8 for tablets and phones. If it doesn't, it wasn't worth it. Even if it does, I don't think it was.
1 1 [Posted by: TA152H  | Date: 11/29/12 12:07:12 AM]
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From damn near zero sales tripled is still damn near zero.
2 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 11/29/12 01:49:16 AM]
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1 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/29/12 03:20:41 AM]
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oh obviously, haha who knows you for you to put obviously your not a windows fan.
0 1 [Posted by: sprt4lf38  | Date: 11/29/12 10:21:52 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/29/12 01:57:17 PM]
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They did a great job with Windows Phone. Very fast and polished. The modern UI in Windows8 is a poor attempt at replicating what the phone division accomplished.
0 0 [Posted by: KeyBoardG  | Date: 11/29/12 07:50:17 AM]
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I ordered a yellow Lumia 920 on Nov. 19th and still haven't received it. In fact, it hasn't even shipped yet. I went to AT&T to see if there was some reason the order was held up, and the store manager said that they were told they aren't allowed to place further orders for the yellow model at this time because of the demand. They get a batch of black ones almost every day, which are usually sold out by noon. You can pick one up immediately as long as you want white.

This is unfortunate for Nokia--they are losing sales simply because they don't have enough product to sell. Might be good news for HTC, although I don't think someone set on the 920 will opt instead for the 8X. The 8X is absolutely amazing in almost every way. You have to hold one in your hand to appreciate the finish. If only it had the camera from the 920....
1 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 11/29/12 07:54:11 AM]
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A couple things, first off I have the lumia 920 in yellow and yes it's awesome. Nokia does need to get on their game as far as getting these phones out there, maybe quadruple the sales would turn into 6x or 8,10,12x the sales if the phone was readily available. I work selling cell phones and have plenty of people coming in every day to order these phones and want it in their preferred color. I end up having to send away multiple people every day because certain colors are not available right now, so again Nokia needs to get on top of this because the equipment is the first step I'm focusing on, get enough of these devices out into people's hands is a must.

Secondly, apps, apps, apps. App's and ease of use, this is what makes phones now, and really, ease of use Windows 8 is the easiest operating system to navigate and customize over IOS, Android, and RIM. So now it's about the apps, I know Windows and even Nokia to an extent is working on this but just keep it up. Talking to programmers they say it's actually easier to make apps for Windows phones than other systems, so what's the holdup? Not enough developers making them yet, why? because the OS and the phones are still new, and because there are not enough people that own those new phones, which again takes me to that first point, get the phones out there. If more phones are there, they will be sold, if more are sold and more windows users are out there than more developers will be encouraged to make apps for the OS. That being said, I'm reading things saying Windows OS is having some months with 20,000+ new apps compared to 1,000-3,000 on others OS's, so this is promising. Final note, the Lumia 920 is a great phone, Windows 8 is a great OS, build more phones, create more apps and then were really talking.
0 2 [Posted by: sprt4lf38  | Date: 11/29/12 10:42:57 AM]
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Microsoft made the desktop and phone versions the same in hopes that the desktop users would transfer their attention to the phone. Since buying a PC with windows 8 I'm afraid microsoft might get this backwards. Customer dislike of Windows 8 on the PC (where it stinks), might taint their acceptance on windows 8 on the phone (where it's great).
0 0 [Posted by: conejo99  | Date: 12/03/12 12:11:13 PM]
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