Microsoft delays Windows Phone 7 China launch till 2012

While Windows Phone 7 has been available for over a year now in the US, Europe and other parts of the world, the massive smartphone market that is China has yet to experience the revamp of Microsoft's mobile operating system. Now it appears that the country will have to wait a little longer to get their taste of Windows Phone 7.

According to a news story on PCWorld.com, Microsoft has announced that Windows Phone 7 won't be launching in China by the end of 2011 as previously announced. Instead the OS will be making its debut in that country sometime in the first half of 2012. In a statement Microsoft said it was working with its Chinese partners to find out where Windows Phone-based devices will be released in the country and through what retail channels. Microsoft said that ultimately the delay to "ensure local citizens have a great experience with Windows Phones."

Nokia is one of the most well known smartphone vendors in China and Microsoft might be trying to make sure that the launch of Windows Phone 7 in that country also includes Nokia's Lumia series of smartphones which launch in Europe in November. Other companies such as Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei Technologies are confirmed as working on Windows Phone products for the Chinese market.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Windows 8 Storage Spaces feature shows up in new screens

Next Story

Analyst: 1.44 million Xbox 360 consoles sold in November

10 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

in a while the android market and black berry market will be eaten by wp7... even the iphone as there are people in Europe who has switched... thanks to nokia making sure the sales reps get proper knowledge and a lumia phone to use and now they are convincing users to switch from android and iphone. i hope Microsoft takes this step too in the US. give the sales rep a windows phone for free and when they start using it they will know how old the android and iphone are. sales are still strong in europe.

benalvino said,
in a while the android market and black berry market will be eaten by wp7... even the iphone as there are people in Europe who has switched... thanks to nokia making sure the sales reps get proper knowledge and a lumia phone to use and now they are convincing users to switch from android and iphone. i hope Microsoft takes this step too in the US. give the sales rep a windows phone for free and when they start using it they will know how old the android and iphone are. sales are still strong in europe.

As a WP7 phone user for about a month now, coming from Android I sadly can't agree. Love my phone, it's the best phone i've used, my colleagues always seem to comment how cool it looks, (HTC Titan) but I have just never seen another WP7 user!
Microsoft needs to get more advertising out, and get more developers on board. I see the marketplace slowly growing and i check out new apps every day, but it needs more.
I sadly think that WP7 will be the third choice, after Apple and Android depending on how badly Blackberry does.

ngc891 said,

As a WP7 phone user for about a month now, coming from Android I sadly can't agree. Love my phone, it's the best phone i've used, my colleagues always seem to comment how cool it looks, (HTC Titan) but I have just never seen another WP7 user!
Microsoft needs to get more advertising out, and get more developers on board. I see the marketplace slowly growing and i check out new apps every day, but it needs more.
I sadly think that WP7 will be the third choice, after Apple and Android depending on how badly Blackberry does.

With Mango and Nokia finally on board the full and combined marketing potential has been released, just see what they do with the Lumias.

Yeah sure, until now wp was pretty much a private club but as the sales of the Lumia shows this will change rapidly.

ngc891 said,

As a WP7 phone user for about a month now, coming from Android I sadly can't agree. Love my phone, it's the best phone i've used, my colleagues always seem to comment how cool it looks, (HTC Titan) but I have just never seen another WP7 user!
Microsoft needs to get more advertising out, and get more developers on board. I see the marketplace slowly growing and i check out new apps every day, but it needs more.
I sadly think that WP7 will be the third choice, after Apple and Android depending on how badly Blackberry does.

Just wait for nokia and Microsoft to launch lumia or nokia phone in the US and see superb marketing... even the titan and Samsung are benefitting from nokia's marketing... one thing is for sure though when htc and Samsung sees how well nokia will sell they will up their game and come up with good hardware to compete with nokia and huge marketing too.
http://mynokiablog.com/2011/12...eecarhonewarehousephones4u/

Morden said,

With Mango and Nokia finally on board the full and combined marketing potential has been released, just see what they do with the Lumias.

Yeah sure, until now wp was pretty much a private club but as the sales of the Lumia shows this will change rapidly.

+1

in a while the android market and black berry market will be eaten by wp7... even the iphone as there are people in Europe who has switched... thanks to nokia making sure the sales reps get proper knowledge and a lumia phone to use and now they are convincing users to switch from android and iphone. i hope Microsoft takes this step too in the US. give the sales rep a windows phone for free and when they start using it they will know how old the android and iphone are. sales are still strong in europe.

benalvino said,
in a while the android market and black berry market will be eaten by wp7... even the iphone as there are people in Europe who has switched... thanks to nokia making sure the sales reps get proper knowledge and a lumia phone to use and now they are convincing users to switch from android and iphone.

Cool story, bro.

Now in the 'real world'...

Ently said,
This phone has come quite far in just the space of a year in my opinion.

Yeah, it certainly has. I can't wait to see what else they have planned.