Steve Ballmer isn't Fretting Over Piss-Poor Windows Phone 7 Sales

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Show of hands, how many of you own a Windows Phone 7 device? Anyone? Truth be told, we didn't expect to see many hands, because everyone's enamored with Android and iOS. The numbers bear that out, and even Steve Ballmer can't ignore them, who admits Microsoft's smartphone platform isn't lighting up the sales charts.

"We haven't sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year," Ballmer said at the company's financial analyst meeting, according to All Things D.


The HTC TItan is a Windows Phone Mango smartphone that will show up later this year

That doesn't mean Microsoft is willing to throw in the towel. Ballmer says big things are coming to the Windows Phone platform, including DirectX graphics and other goodies.

Ballmer was quick to clarify that he's not saying he loves where Microsoft is currently at in the mobile space, but he remains "very optimistic" on where his company can go. He's especially optimistic about securing a hardware partner in Nokia, which is committed entirely to the Windows Phone platform going forward.
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i think a lot of things contribute to the low sales. One being that Android phones have crazy specs and consumers want the best, even if they don't know what it does they want the best. Second, they've been hyping Mango so much that if people are in the market for a windows phone they are probably waiting for the new Mango phones. I don't see windows phones going away anytime soon, I see them picking up steam as they continue to improve.

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I agree Drake if I were in the market for a new phone I would consider a Windows Phone though I really enjoy the Android operating system. But waiting for Mango and all the things that are coming such as the DirectX graphics mentioned is the way to go. I just wish the battery life on all these smartphone was better.

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Sep 15 2011 4:22 PM

I have to agree, though it feels like Windows Phone 7 could of had these features implemented earlier; it would of had at least a better market share then it did before.

I don't know about the other goodies so I can't judge on that but I am worried about what the DirectX graphics will be like. I mean the chips in there are powerful enough to power the games running DirectX but unless they can provide us with a visual/performance advantage then I don't think it's going to make much of a dent really...

 

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CDeeter replied on Thu, Sep 15 2011 6:25 PM

Having DirectX would mean the ability to port games to their phone yes? Could be fun.

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gazd1 replied on Fri, Sep 16 2011 8:59 AM

Athough I do use a desktop with various windows operating system types. I do expect to see myself buy a HTC, but one with the largest screen that I can get & with a windows based platform. In fact I wanted to buy one by now, but for some reason I've been putting it off.

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gazd1 replied on Fri, Sep 16 2011 9:07 AM

I'd have to agree with you "TaylorKarras" about the features being implemented earlier. Though Microsoft has an upwards type of battle against googles ideas,Android,etc.

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LLeCompte replied on Fri, Sep 16 2011 11:44 AM

windows 7 doesnt sell because it cant do one of the most basic things: ringtones. It should have been able to this out of the box. Mango is taking too long to come out. Also you have to sync the win 7 phones to a computer if you want to get your information off of it ( on the HD 7 you have too do that anyway), and they also dont push this fact very hard. win 7 is good, just not great.

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rrplay replied on Sat, Sep 17 2011 12:28 PM

very optimistic to see what MS actually does with the partnership with Nokia and development.Sure can agree that MS has a bit of an up hill battle,and plenty of room to be successful with the devices being somewhat disposable and replaceable.Sure putting in Direct X and the other graphical eye-candy and very intuitive user interface along with some competitive pricing looks promising esp around the holiday season.

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