So what if Windows Phone 7 doesn't have the allure of the iPhone? The device is selling well, and that's a problem for Research In Motion
In a Q&A posted earlier this week, Microsoft
No doubt those numbers sound small when compared with the hundreds of thousands of iPhones and Android handsets activated daily. So be it. No one, not even Microsoft, is pretending that Windows Phone 7 is in a position to dethrone Apple
"Sales are ramping well as our reputation is growing for offering users a unique experience and are in line with our expectations -- especially when compared to other new platform introductions," Berg said in the Q&A.
We've already seen evidence of momentum. Last month, Dell
What's less clear is how much impact Windows Phone 7 will have on mobile OS usage. But it's a good bet that RIM and Nokia have the most to lose from Mr. Softy's renewed emphasis on mobile telephony. Gartner data shows both OSes losing ground:
To be fair, so have Microsoft and Apple now that Android has become a juggernaut. But Mr. Softy's losses also came at the expense of the aging Windows Mobile platform, which frankly should have died a long time ago.
Windows Phone 7 isn't the same platform. It's better, it's more fun, and it's winning converts. Look out, RIM. Stay sharp, Nokia. Microsoft is coming for you both.
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