Windows Phones selling four times faster than last year, says Ballmer
Here's how many Windows Phones Microsoft will likely sell this quarter
Windows Phones are selling at lightning speed this year. Sales have been so steady, in fact, that they've already quadrupled last year's numbers for the same quarter, according to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Ballmer made the announcement during a company shareholder meeting Wednesday.
Then again, there are no hard numbers here, but it's likely somewhere in the range of four to eight million devices, given that last year's sales during this time were around one to two million.
In response to one of Microsoft's shareholde'rs questions, Ballmer gave a bizarre, yet positive outlook when he said, "We see nothing but a sea of upside!" What the hell that even means, we're not sure. What we can be sure of, at least for the moment, is that if these figures add up like Ballmer says, it's a surefire step in the right direction for Windows Phone.
The company will need to be fierce with its sales if it hopes to compete with big time operating systems, namely Google's Android and Apple's iOS. Ballmer's statements during the meeting continually enforced the notion that Microsoft is ready for whatever comes its way. “It’s a tough, competitive market out there, and we certainly think that with the products that we and our partners are delivering to market … we have an opportunity,” he noted.
We've also recently heard that Microsoft is expected to roll out its first big Windows Phone 8 update in the coming months. It's codenamed Apollo+ and will likely be unveiled during Mobile World Congress 2013 in February.