There has been a fantastic, insightful article published at My Nokia Blog today, which summarises how Windows Phone 7 is doing as a platform in the competitive market against the likes of iOS, Android, Symbian etc. We get to look at what countries are currently targeted by Microsoft's marketing campaigns, how a few major languages are supported, estimation of handset sales, marketshare predictions in the US and more.
Microsoft reported it had sold 1.5 million handsets to carriers in mid-December, in late January however they reported a total sale of 2 million units to carriers.
So in about a months time Microsoft managed to sell another 500,000 units to carriers. Why would carriers buy another 500,000 units (a full third of the amount bought a month ago) if the OS was a failure?
Looking at the above quote, I agree. If the OS was a flop, carriers would be extremely cautious - they hate to see any loss, right? We even heard Samsung had to use alternate memory modules to keep up supply with the Focus. Surely the investment would have been made due to the proposed marketshare gain, and at the end of the day this is Microsoft. "OS" is pretty much in their name, so one would assume if anyone could tap into the smartphone marketshare, it would be Microsoft.
The ending conclusion is a fair take on the current state of Windows Phone. It's a new platform and while it's not making a huge impact to competitors, it's certainly not a flop by any means. The post is a must read though, truly recommended.
Source: My Nokia Blog