Ballmer on Windows Phone ’07: ‘We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked’

“Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said on Wednesday that although he is pleased with reaction from partners and developers to Windows Phone, the products have not been flying off store shelves as well as he hoped,” Ina Fried reports for AllThingsD. “‘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.”

“What Microsoft has managed to do in its year on the market, Ballmer said, is create ‘a very strong third ecosystem’ to offer an alternative to Android and the iPhone,” Fried reports. “Most importantly, Ballmer said, the company has landed, with Nokia, a hardware partner that is fully committed to Windows Phone.”

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Fried reports, “Nokia has said it hopes to introduce its first Windows Phones somewhere in the world this year, but has yet to announce any details on where or just when the phones will arrive.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The more problems Android encounters in and out of courts of law around the world, the better Windows Phone ’07 looks to Android “partners” who now find themselves on the outside looking in following the Google-Motorola Mobility tie-up.

The iPhone and iPad wannabes of the world may soon need a more legal and — after all of the legalities are settled and royalties affixed — affordable pretend iOS. Microsoft may end up being the beneficiary, especially if HP continues their pathological quest to flush webOS into oblivion. If so, Ballmer ends up looking smart and gets to continue as Microsoft CEO which is a Very Good Thing™ for Apple and the rapidly growing numbers of people who are smart enough to avoid Microsoft products like the plague that they are.


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    1. I would be happy if Apple has 40% of the market with 50% of the total industry profits; Windows 7 with 20%:18%; WebOS with 15%:16%, RIM with 15%:16% and lastly Android 10% with -15% loss. Then we would be in the smartphone nirvana.

  1. Remember when Steve Jobs first announced the the iPhone? He said that he wanted just one percent of the smart phone market.

    Well Microsoft has achieved that goal too. But in there case they had to loose a lot of market share. 😉

      1. Since you brought it up, Paul and Ubermac . . . “loose” ≠ “lose.”

        That is, “See, Apple is not the [only] one that LOSES phone[s].”
        And . . . “But in [their] case they had to LOSE a lot of market share.”

    1. DId he say 1% of the phone or the smartphone market?
      It’s too different things. I thought he said the phone market.
      If he said smartphone, then his goal has been like 30 times reached.

  2. To Steve Ballmer, Windows Phone 7 is like having a right nut. It’s there for decorative purposes, but not strictly necessary. After all can you imagine Ballmer having sex? No. So the other nut is redundant. But thankfully, for him, the left nut does the thinking. And the thinking goes, Windows Phone 7 will smash all sales records that HP has accumulated selling the Veer.

    1. UGH! I don’t want to “imagine Ballmer having sex.” Probably like National Geographic showing Walrus reproduce. I could barely keep lunch down when MDN used to put up the pics of Ballmer’s tongue out all the time.

  3. Apple sure did bury their foot so far up Microsofts rearend. Maybe Microsoft should have retained that casket that they hauled around with the Apple Icon.They may need it to bury the remains of their collective arse.

    Well, looking at Ballmer, they may need a sizable upgrade in the caskets dimensions.

  4. I remember that stupid procession for Microcopier. Who looks stupid now? Oh and hey where you bloggers and journalist talking smack about Apple now eh? To much pain to admit stupidity? lol

  5. Apple’s iOS is for people who just need content-consumption, whereas Windows 8 on tablet will make a hit with people that need mobile devices that they can seamlessly use in parallel with their desktop to create content.

    Therefore, when Windows 8 hits the market, any people find its ok, there might be a halo-effect for them to try Windows Phone 7 (or 8).

    Not saying Windows 8 is superior to OSX/iOS, but it might be good enough for Windows 8 to maintain the Windows marketshare, and for Windows Phone to get into the 20% range.

    1. From what I have seen of Windows 8, I expect a consumer backlash. A number of companies have already told Microsoft they reject using Windows 8 in the Enterprise. Darn darn darn.

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