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.”

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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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44 Comments

  1. “‘We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year,’ Ballmer said

    What was left out of the quote was “However, next year we will have our new subsidiary Nokia phones running Windows 8. Just watch how fast we takeover #1!”

  2. I get it: I know we all hate Microsoft. I know we’re all bitter. And I have trouble seeing myself using a Microsoft product outside of work.

    But I have to give Windows Phone 7 a little credit here. I fiddled around with one at a store, and while I wouldn’t use it myself, at least it’s not an iOS ripoff. The WP7 interface looks nothing like iOS. It’s not like Android, which tries to ape iOS as much as legally possible (and then some).

    We always get on Microsoft’s case for not innovating. I want to give them credit for at least trying to innovate. I wish them luck. I’d like to see a true competitor to Apple that not just a craven ripoff.

    ——RM

    1. They were forced to innovate because of Apples patent portfolio. Even so, I still see many blatant rip-off features on vista mob 7. Microsoft ‘innovation’ same as always.

      No point in getting your knickers damp over another round of the same-old same-old knock-off specials from steve t ballmer and crew.

  3. “Nokia has said it hopes to introduce its first Windows Phones somewhere in the world this year, but has yet to . . .”

    . . . find a mobile phone service provider interested in selling them. 😉

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