Microsoft has been pretty silent about their sales numbers when it comes to the Surface and to Windows Phone 8, but analysts are more than willing to pipe up and offer their own guess-timates based on the data at hand.

Now it seems that a report on Telecompaper indicates that as little as 1 million Windows Phone 8 devices shipped in the United States. This is clearly a blow to Microsoft, and a million is way less than they were probably hoping to make – except it isn’t a blow to Microsoft because this is pure BS.

Why’s that? Honestly, it just doesn’t seem to add up, as first noted by Neowin. Looking at Nokia’s previous statements of selling 700,000 devices in the North American market in Q4 and 300,000 in Q3, you get the idea that Nokia (the best-selling Windows Phone 8 producer) has done rather well. Then you have to account for HTC, which has had a reasonable amount of luck with Windows Phone 8 as well.

I’m not saying that the real numbers are ultra-high, but they might not be as low as a million like this one report might want us to think.

No matter how you slice it, things are only looking up not down for Windows Phone 8. The year 2012 saw a great start for the platform, with the Nokia Lumia 920 in particular getting quite a bit of attention, and not just from typical Microsoft fans either.

Now it is 2013 and Apple continues to get picked on for being less than innovative with the iPhone 5 (though it is still selling well, honestly) and even Samsung’ newest Galaxy S4 looks rather similar to the S3 albeit with bumped up specs.

With two of the hottest smartphone sellers doing the ‘same old thing’, if there was ever a chance for Microsoft and its partners to jump in and win fans by doing things differently, now is it.

What do you think, will 2013 finally be Microsoft’s year to jump ahead in the smartphone market or are they forever doomed to be nothing more than a niche player? Share your thoughts below.

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  • DCJason

    I’m really enjoying my Nokia 920. Sure there are little things that annoy me, but the basic design and the size of the screen are exactly what I had hoped for and what has been delivered. I’ve only met one other person who has a Windows phone (Win7) and he also said he hardly meets anyone with one. More TV commercials and more newspaper ads would be helpful. Selling ‘cool’ is OK….but selling functionality is also necessary.

    • Farhan

      The problem with the windows is that many imp app is not free, it cost $ for using it .

  • khanlon1389

    I have to admit I am a huge fan with all that Microsoft has done thus far. I have a windows 8 laptop and a WP8 (HTC 8x) both of which I am very pleased with. yes we are in the early stages of the windows 8 experience but so far its a very nice consumer product. they really are setting the tone for the future leaving behind the “old” app based UI. now with live tiles it makes the OS feel organic and smooth. Windows RT was a failure but you cant win them all. I sell WP8 all day long and I don’t work for the company, and no im not a fanboy I just enjoy the product I use. I look forward to seeing what the future holds with this company and I will support them as long as they keep creating nice products.

  • Farhan

    I want to ask can a lappy having windows 8 share files through a pc having w7 through easy transfer ?
    if answer is yes, plz tell me i tried , it was not connecting

  • David Crammond

    Face it , its the Iphone over any phone now, they’re just to good