Microsoft ‘sells’ over 2 million Windows Phone ‘07 software units in quarter

“Microsoft Corp. said on Wednesday it sold more than 2 million units of its new Windows Phone 7 software to handset makers last quarter, as it looks to counter Apple Inc’s iPhone,” Bill Rigby reports for Reuters.

MacDailyNews Take: To clarify, those weren’t 2 million “sales” of Windows Phone ’07 units to end sufferers, they were simply 2 million licenses to Microsoft’s handset “partners” such as HTC, LG, and (bah!) Dell.

Rigby continues, “Apple said last week 16.2 million iPhones were sold in the last quarter. Microsoft is set to report quarterly earnings on Thursday.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. 2 Millions License and 1.999 Million Phones sitting unsold on store shelves form the release date of Windows Phone 7, does not compete with 16.2 Million iPhones sold last quarter.

    MDN Word “dead”, as in Ballmer is a dead CEO walking

  2. The supply channels had been purged of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices so 2 million will be restocking, lets see what the next quarters numbers are. Given that Amazon had to resort to selling Windows 7 phones for $0.01 it doesn’t look promising. Anyone know how many WinMo devices they sold in the same quarter of 2009?

  3. 2 million licenses sold to partners doesn’t say anything about how many phones have even been produced yet. I’m sure not a single one of microsoft’s partners has produced enough Windows Phone ’07 handsets to use up all the licenses they bought from Microsoft.

  4. This is pure entertainment. The world would be disappointed if Microsoft didn’t trot out their tired old numbers tricks to try and convince themselves they are not sliding backwards so fast.

    Troubling for them must be they know WP7’s failure must presage the decline of W7 – without the whole ecosystem, stagnation turns to decay.

  5. We went through all this with the zune. Almost all of their “sales” with that device turned out to be sent to warehouses, store shelves, convention and conference give-aways, etc.

    In tomorrow’s report, expect a lot of mystery regarding the vintage and divisional sources of earnings.

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