Microsoft says that its Windows Phone 7 platform has now reached the two million mark. It took the software giant’s new smartphone operating system about ten weeks to reach this point.
This is the number of devices that phone manufacturers have shipped to mobile operators and retailers, not the number actually sold. Microsoft has released this figure because it’s the one it can most easily and accurately track.
The company says that more important than the number of devices sold is how much the users like the new mobile platform. Greg Sullivan, senior product manager for Windows Phone 7, told CNET that “93% of Windows Phone customers are satisfied or very satisfied with Windows Phone 7, and 90% would recommend the phone to others.”
Taking a Look at the Numbers
In the U.S., only AT&T and T-Mobile offer devices running Microsoft’s new operating system, and between them they have five devices. This OS is also available in Europe.
There are two ways to look at the current rate of Windows Phone 7 sales. One is to compare it to the launch of the iPhone 4 last summer — Apple sold 1.7 million units in just the first three days.
Another way to look at it, though, is to consider that Microsoft is launching a new platform, not introducing a new model in an already-established one. When Apple introduced the first iPhone back in 2007, it took this company two and half months to sell one million units.
And the first device running Google’s Android OS, the T-Mobile G1, didn’t reach the one million mark until six months after it debuted.
Before the first half of this year, both Sprint and Verizon are going to introduce their first models running Windows Phone 7.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Overview
Despite its name, this new smartphone operating system has little in common with its predecessors. It has a completely different user interface and can’t run applications written for the earlier versions.
Still, it includes some hold-overs from Windows Mobile that business users want: Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.
It works with Microsoft’s Zune music service, as well as the Xbox Live gaming service.