Windows Phone 7 was a solid platform, but it never managed to truly connect with enough customers to take off in a big way.
How are things comparing with Windows Phone 8? Judging by the early evidence, the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile OS is actually doing much better.
Recently we wrote about how 2.5 million Nokia Lumia 920 handsets had been “booked”, and we continue to hear reports about how strongly Windows Phone 8 devices like the Lumia 920 are doing.
Now at a shareholder meeting, Ballmer chimed in that Windows Phone is selling four times more phones than Microsoft’s partners did at the same time last year with Windows Phone 7. In Ballmer’s exact words:
The Windows Phones from HTC are Nokia — are getting rave reviews and have already been sold out in places around the world. We are working with our partners who are ramping supply, launching new markets and we’re already selling four times more phones than at the same time last year.
This is certainly a step in the right direction. Still, the Windows Phone 8 launch hasn’t been without its own problems.
There have been reports of rebooting errors and even overheating and battery issues with the Lumia 920. The good news is that Microsoft and its partners have worked hard to try and address issues, bring bug fixes and prove themselves to their customers.
Windows Phone 8 still has a long road ahead of it when it comes to solidifying Microsoft’s third place position in the market, but so far everything seems to be going pretty well for the company.
The next step is to continue to push out more apps and continue to add new handsets to the market in order to give Microsoft customers as many options as possible.
Have you picked up a Windows Phone 8 handset yet?
If so, what do you think of your experience with it so far?
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