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Microsoft Sees Surge in Windows Phones on Faster Software

 

By Dina Bass - Nov 28, 2012 5:42 PM GMT

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is selling four times as many Windows phones as this time last year, helped by a new version of its phone software for more powerful handsets with faster screens, Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer said.

“Windows Phone 8 has been on sale for a few weeks and is off to a great start,” Ballmer said at a shareholders’ meeting today. Handsets made by HTC Corp. (2498) and Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) “are getting rave reviews and have initially sold out in many countries.”

Microsoft is overhauling its product line to remain relevant in the post-PC era. The Redmond, Washington-based company dominated the technology landscape during the heyday of the personal computer in the 1990s and much of the last decade, yet has been eclipsed in influence by a resurgent Apple Inc. and the rise of mobile devices taking the place of PCs that run Microsoft’s flagship Windows operating system.

Windows 8 represents Microsoft’s biggest change to its flagship product in nearly two decades -- designed around a revamped home screen featuring colorful tiles that launch programs and update users with current information from the Internet. On Oct. 26, the same day Windows 8 went on sale, Microsoft started selling Surface, a tablet computer designed and built by the company.

Ballmer said Microsoft is seeing “fantastic demand” for tablets and touch-screen PCs featuring Windows 8. There are now 1,500 different machines running the software, up from 1,000 when the operating system debuted, he said.

There are now 120,000 applications available for the Windows phone, Ballmer said. He didn’t specify how many phones running the new software have been sold.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dina Bass in Seattle at dbass2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Tom Giles at tgiles5@bloomberg.net



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wait... we are in the post-PC era?

Damn, I am so 90s.



But a user here keeps telling me it's a fluke and Nokia is going to go out of business any day now :3

not seen dallas and slimebeast for a few days...

reality bites.

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Glad to hear that. I love my windows phone and I don't see myself going any differently in the coming years.

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But a user here keeps telling me it's a fluke and Nokia is going to go out of business any day now :3


Nokia is as popular as their N Gage in USA.



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JayWood2010 said:
Glad to hear that. I love my windows phone and I don't see myself going any differently in the coming years.


what ya got?  I have a nokia 920 on its way in the new year.



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They say 4-times as many as this time last year.


Out of curiousity, if anyone knows:

How many WP7 phones sold during this same time last year?

How much did WP7 sell during the same launch time period?



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love my nokia 900.
looking forward to upgrading it to the 920 next year.
I've entered bing rewards sweepstakes to win the htc windows phone.
haven't checked out the samsung phone yet but so far Nokia 920 seem to be the best choice for windows phone.

I still meet people that have never heard of windows phone. They all love the look of nokia though

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kowenicki said:
JayWood2010 said:
Glad to hear that. I love my windows phone and I don't see myself going any differently in the coming years.


what ya got?  I have a nokia 920 on its way in the new year.


I got my last year.  It was the best on the market at the time but I don't think it was very succesful.  HTC Titan

And the Nokia 920 looks real nice.  All of my family wants a windows phone now after messing with mine.  My sister is actually buying the HTC Windows 8x.  i don't know how that compares to the 920 though