Achim Berg, Microsoft's vp of business and marketing for Windows Phones, discusses the momentum, strengths and challenges of the company's newly launched Windows Phone 7.
Achim said that "its phone partners have sold "over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks" they were available.
Windows Phone 7 devices went on sale in Europe on October 21 and in the U.S. on November 8. In the U.S., only two carriers currently offer the GSM-only phones: AT&T and T-Mobile. In early 2011, Verizon and Sprint are expected to begin selling CDMA Windows Phone 7 devices.
We have 18,000 developers who're developing for our marketplace. It's just getting better and better. Developers are validating that the tools make it easy to make great apps and games quickly -- we've more than 4,000 apps in our marketplace. With more pouring in daily, this is an enviable pace for any new platform.
We're on a path to begin releasing the first of several updates in the next couple of months, and several more mobile operators around the world will introduce WP7 on their network in 2011 and we'll have a broader portfolio of devices from phone manufacturers at different price points delivering on our commitment of providing customers choice. We believe doing these things right will lead to continued success."