Ballmer: Windows Phone devices are selling four times more than in 2011

The first Windows Phone 8 devices from Nokia and HTC started to hit store shelves in the US earlier this month. So far, there's been no direct word from those smartphone makers, or from Microsoft, about how these new devices are doing. Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave a little more information on sales of Windows Phone products.

Addressing the crowd at the company's annual shareholder meeting in Redmond, Washington, Ballmer said:

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.

That's certainly sounds encouraging, but the fact that Ballmer didn't actually come up with a specific sales number might still show that Microsoft didn't want to go head-to-head with the unit sales of iPhone and Android based smartphones. Ballmer also stated during his address that the Windows Phone Store now has over 120,000 apps and that the platform has most of the 50 most popular mobile phone apps.

Stay tuned for more news today from Microsoft's stockholder meeting.

Source: Microsoft shareholder meeting website | Image via Microsoft

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Try getting a Lumia 920 in Australia at the moment! They are sold out absolutely everywhere! Its ridiculous, I want one but cant get my hands on them...

Where I live it appears that the stock for the whole country has sold out (they only had the black model), there is a massive waiting list with a 3 week delay. The HTC 8S will be arriving on 6 December which might push some Nokia Lumia 920 purchases to HTC 8S + microsd card but it is too early to tell. All I can say, for the haters and bashers I think it is time you heated up some humble pie along with a healthy dose of humility flavoured ice cream.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
Where I live it appears that the stock for the whole country has sold out (they only had the black model), there is a massive waiting list with a 3 week delay. The HTC 8S will be arriving on 6 December which might push some Nokia Lumia 920 purchases to HTC 8S + microsd card but it is too early to tell. All I can say, for the haters and bashers I think it is time you heated up some humble pie along with a healthy dose of humility flavoured ice cream.

where do you live? in mars?

I actually saw the first windows phone in our office from somebody other than our devs. awesome. things are really changing and it is about time a good alternative to the android monopoly emerges can't come soon enough.

Great news. The more stable platforms the better. I'm going to continue supporting WP in the future. Love it so far.

vcfan said,
so roughly around %10 marketshare now. not bad

Uh, that would only be true if other platforms had stagnated. But they haven't.

I love my nokia 920. When I ordered it on Nov 11 the att store stated they sold out of all their other colors and only had 4 white left.

I get a lot of people asking about my phone.

Its all coming good I think, and only time will stop the negative comments which will continue so long as the slightest shred of info exists to the contrary.

Windows 8
Windows phone 8
RT Devices
Surface
Xbox and its services
Skydrive

All playing together nicely and all working together to bring the unified UI into the consciousness of the masses.

duddit2 said,
Its all coming good I think, and only time will stop the negative comments which will continue so long as the slightest shred of info exists to the contrary.

But instead of negative comments about sales negative comments about product itself will come because more haters will be exposed to it. Cognitive dissonance will drive such people crazy.

efjay said,
Not seeing any of those "50 most popular apps" he claims are in the WP store. More BS.

they wouldn't lie to shareholders...
no, seriously, i don't think they're allowed to.

efjay said,
Not seeing any of those "50 most popular apps" he claims are in the WP store. More BS.

Not seeing any of the 50 popular apps? Considering how you're really trying hard to make WP look bad by saying 'more BS', you're likely not seeing any of them because you don't own a Windows Phone.

Based on my own selection of over a hundred apps I imagine these can be considered popular:
Angry Birds (and sequels), Facebook, Adobe, Whatsapp, Skype, Plant vs Zombies, Fruit Ninja, Bejeweled, youtube, popular weather apps, CNN, Twitter, Flow, Ebay, Groupon, Wikipedia, sport tracker, IMDB, Weave and Netflix.

That's 20 right there and there that I personally use. Also many apps are incomming. Such as Draw Something, Cut the ropes and Pandora.

Lets not forget that WP has its own set of popular apps as well that other platforms dont have. Like the build in chat application (facebook, msn, sms, all in one), Office and Skydrive (app but also integrared into the OS and other apps). In my case all the national popular apps are there as well but you probably wouldn't care for them. I can honestly say I dont really miss any apps with the current selection.

aviator189 said,

they wouldn't lie to shareholders...
no, seriously, i don't think they're allowed to.

No worries there. This figure has already been verified by neutral third party analysts. What you're seeing is an efjay that likes the sound of his own voice, or at least, that's what I have to assume, since he obviously didn't even look up what the 50 most popular apps are to do the comparison.

A few days ago there was an Yahoo article saying that the Nokia 920 alone had 2.5 million preorders. But web sites were too busy running stories that Win8 was supposedly selling poorly to print good news about WP.

BajiRav said,
so now they are selling 4 per month instead of 1?

If memory services correct, Q4 2011 was ~3 million phones. If they're selling 4 times that much right now and these sales sustain, that could be 12 million phones.. not a bad figure to be at.. (putting it closer to iOS sales)..

who the hell really knows though.. just glad to see it marketed!

Mind you Verizon had no phone Q4 last year either

spudtrooper said,

If memory services correct, Q4 2011 was ~3 million phones. If they're selling 4 times that much right now and these sales sustain, that could be 12 million phones.. not a bad figure to be at.. (putting it closer to iOS sales)..

who the hell really knows though.. just glad to see it marketed!

Mind you Verizon had no phone Q4 last year either


Well they sold 4.1m (WP7) phones in Q3 2012, that doesn't include the WP8 phones so I think it very likely that they could hit 10-15m WP8 sales in Q4 2012.

Gaffney said,

Well they sold 4.1m (WP7) phones in Q3 2012, that doesn't include the WP8 phones so I think it very likely that they could hit 10-15m WP8 sales in Q4 2012.

Just hitting double digits would be fine, 10million or more is a big jump from the 4-5million tops of before.