Windows Phone 8 is four times more popular than its predecessor
Windows Phone 8 Facebook app proves that Microsoft's latest OS is a hit
Windows Phone 8 has quadrupled its predecessor, Windows Phone 7, in popularity, according to a new report from WMPoweruser.
The stats show that as many as 627,000 users per month have accessed their Facebook accounts in October 2012 via Windows Phone 8. During the same time period last year, only a fraction of that was reported for Windows Phone 7, ringing in at some 150,000 users.
The report also points to information from Gartner, which suggests that 2.759 million Windows Phones were sold in Q4 2011, compared with some seven million this quarter. But we've seen other estimates that don't even come close to that -- just check out The Next Web's stats, which put sales at a far more modest (and realistic) 4.2 million units for October.
We have yet to see any hard numbers outside of the Facebook logins, but it's hopeful for Microsoft, nonetheless. It also bodes well for that big statement Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw out back in November about Windows Phone 8 selling "four times faster" than last year. Ballmer made the comment during a company shareholder meeting.
It was during that same meeting that he said he sees "nothing but a sea of positive!" for Windows Phone 8. It sounded beyond ridiculous at the time (to be fair, it still does, but we're accustomed to Ballmer spewing strange statements at this point). Still, he may be onto something.