Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed what we all already know and what he’s actually said before: Windows Phone 7 isn’t selling well about a year after its introduction.
“We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year,” Ballmer said, speaking at the company’s financial analyst meeting,” Ballmer told a group of investors at the BUILD conference, according to AllthingsD.
As we’re approaching the one-year anniversary, it’s clear that Windows Phone hasn’t been a huge hit, as numbers suggest it has less than 5 percent market share in the United States. We’re actually big fans of the design and UI (and see many elements of it in Windows 8) but it just hasn’t been able to catch on.
Ballmer said that the deal with Nokia to produce Windows Phone and the upcoming Mango update could help it better compete against iOS and Android – It may also help that HP killed off webOS.
We’re still cautiously optimistic about the chances of Windows Phone, as the Mango update gives it features that it needs to compete and the new developer tools should boost the app ecosystem. Nokia’s first Mango phone should be coming out in the not-too-distant future, so the hardware may also be compelling.