Microsoft has reported phone manufacturer sales of its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) mobile operating system (OS) have reached 1.5 million within six weeks of launch.
Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 in October for nine different handsets. Speaking at the launch, Microsoft UK's enterprise chief, Andrew Lees, said the operating system aimed to simplify mobile phones.
Achim Berg, Microsoft's corporate vice-president for mobile communications business and marketing group, said on Microsoft's website: "We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence."
However, Berg admitted Microsoft was only "comfortable" with WP7's progress, saying its performance was similar to other first generation mobile platforms. He said, "We're in the race - it's not a sprint but we are certainly gain in momentum and we're in it for the long run." He added
Berg also confirmed the first of several updates to WP7 would be available in the next couple of months.
According to recent internet reports, Nokia could abandon MeeGo to develop hardware running on Microsoft's WP7.
In June, Apple claimed it sold 1.7 million iPhone 4s in its first three days, outstripping analysts' forecasts and setting a record for a new version of the device.
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While 1.5 million sales have been made to phone manufacturers, it is still unclear how many devices have been sold to customers. Berg said WP7 sales figures "are similar to the performance of other first generation mobile platforms". But can WP7 count as Microsoft's first generation mobile platform with its mobile operating system history of Pocket PC 2000, Pocket PC 2002, Windows Mobile 2003, Windows Mobile versions 5 to 6.5.5?
With Apple selling more iPhone 4 devices to customers in three days than Microsoft have sold to manufacturers in six weeks, WP7 doesn't look much like competition.