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Microsoft's Stony Silence Doesn't Bode Well for Windows Phone 7

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It's been a month since Windows Phone 7 officially launched in North America, but little word on sales has come from the Microsoft camp. In fact, the company hasn't released any official word on Windows Phone 7 sales.

But that hasn't stopped third parties from giving grim outlooks.

According to ZDNet, UK retailer remarked that the platform "got off to a sluggish start" and accounted for a mere 3% of all smartphone sales. Symbian outsold Windows Phone 7 at a pace of 3 to 1, and Android dominated it by 15 to 1. Telstra and Vodafone admitted sales have been slow, and another carrier -- which chose to remain anonymous -- claims that they've been "disappointing." According to Australia's ChannelNews, "A Telstra executive told ChannelNews that sales were 'weak' and that demand for other phones including Blackberry, iPhone, and HTC Android devices were in high demand."

So where's Microsoft to refute these claims? Why haven't there been scores of sales records to disprove any hint that Windows Phone 7 is more Kin than Kinect? From the looks of things, they probably don't exist.

Director of the Windows Phone 7 program Joe Belfiore declined to discuss sales at the All Things D conference this week, saying, "We're not talking about numbers yet. It's just too soon to talk about numbers."

Interesting. That didn't seem to be a problem for the Kinect.

When asked how many units have been sold, Charlie Kindel -- GM of the Windows Phone 7 developer ecosystem -- gave a clearer indication of how dismal sales have been with a Lumberg-esque "Yeah..." and nervous laugh. He elaborated that he was going to be "asked this question multiple times" and he "wasn't going to answer it multiple times."

I think your smile says it all, Charlie.

Truth be told, however, it is still only a month into the launch. And the holiday season isn't over either. But that being said, the devices don't appear to be tearing up the smartphone market and there's little to indicate otherwise. After another curious marketing campaign costing close to half a billion dollars, Microsoft desperately needs this line to be a hit.
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