Microsoft: Windows 8 launch will boost Windows Phone sales

With today's launch of the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8, Microsoft and other companies are hoping that this early version of the OS will help boost sales of PCs. But, could Windows 8's launch also help with sales of Windows Phone devices? That's what a Windows Phone executive claims today.

The Inquirer reports that during an interview with Larry Lieberman, Microsoft's senior product manager for Windows Phone, stated:

The release of Windows 8 will help to drive sales of the Windows Phone platform as the Metro interface becomes common place on the desktop and we drive integration between the platforms.

There are already rumors that Windows Phone 8, code named "Apollo" will be based on the NT kernel which is the same kernel that Windows 8 uses. In theory that will allow Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 to share a lot of programming and functionality.

In the same interview, Lieberman also commented on the relatively slow sales of Windows Phone product. He stated:

The sales of Windows Phone could also be higher, but you have to remember it is a new platform. It is not a small investment from Microsoft, we believe that mobile phones are the future of computing so we are focused on bringing affordable technology to the masses.

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Some people say stuff thinking if they say it enough, it might come true. I know some people may have bought an Ipad, or android phone, or whatever, and when something like Windows 8 is announced, they may feel like they've got to hope Windows 8 or Windows Phone doesn't succeed or else they would have wasted their time and money on a different platform that may become irrelevant.

Windows 8 is going to sell hard, no matter what some people might like to think. 400 million new PCs are sold every year,and guess what is going to be loaded on these new pcs? Windows 8. So people are going to get acquainted with metro,and the windows store. And when you can get the same app running on your PC,tablet , phone and potentially xbox 360, why would anyone want to buy an ipad or android tablet or phone?

This is the killer feature that some people are not looking at.

vcfan said,
And when you can get the same app running on your PC,tablet , phone and potentially xbox 360, why would anyone want to buy an ipad or android tablet or phone?

If the OS and it's hardware play well together?
Only hardcore Apple and Android fans.
It's like the forum negativity about WP's, I did let some people who swear to their iphone try mine out, they could only say positive things after.


I still see a lot of comments vs Metro, what part of "you can disable it" don't people understand?
I disabled metro completely on my laptop, since It's more in the way there than any good, even without W8 is way faster and snappier than W7.
Also there are a lot of nice features added to the task manager etc. which provides more info and a much better overview, which is a welcome change for people who work with IT.
Saves us to find and use some of those external applications or some clicks.

Haha, so the whole point of the horrible desktop experience is (to hope) to sell a few phones more. Wow, just wow.

Syanide said,
Haha, so the whole point of the horrible desktop experience is (to hope) to sell a few phones more. Wow, just wow.

No, the whole point of the new desktop experience is to keep up with modern technology while still offering you the traditional desktop experience you're used to.

I am pretty confident on windows 8 success.
So confident i can rally see Microsoft exceeding in a lot of areas still they lag.

I'm so confident on the Success of Windows 8 that within 2 years, The common ground between touch technology and PC's will be closer than ever. They are already in production now. Metro UI is something people are forcing themselves to hate. They haven't even given themselves a chance to incorporate their stuff and selves in the Metro UI. I didn't like Google products, but once I jumped in with my two feet I discovered that it works for me.


iguanas said,
I am pretty confident on windows 8 success.
So confident i can rally see Microsoft exceeding in a lot of areas still they lag.

iguanas said,
I am pretty confident on windows 8 success.
So confident i can rally see Microsoft exceeding in a lot of areas still they lag.

Agreed. With the OS's versatility, I think it's success is all but guaranteed...

SoCalRox said,
Only if Win8 succeeds, and I have my doubts.

Sadly yes i agree, Windows 8 is enemy of productivity, on touch screen its good, but for power desktop users like me ( Using windows from 6 years, strong supporter of MS ) it is headache. Its like you are using two different OS, switching between them, which is confusing.

simrat said,

Sadly yes i agree, Windows 8 is enemy of productivity, on touch screen its good, but for power desktop users like me ( Using windows from 6 years, strong supporter of MS ) it is headache. Its like you are using two different OS, switching between them, which is confusing.

You can avoid MetroUI altogether. Just shortcut all your applications to the desktop. Done. Start screen is more useful than you might imagine. I'm a power user and I get along just fine.

It's funny how a consumer can get sucked in to wanting more of a similar product. I'm all Windows, but I'm also all Android for mobile. I'm already see the change in my urge to want to switch over to the Windows phone. I just have to do a little more digging to see if it'll be what I want. And what I want is total personalization and intergration with my stuff. Google seems to have that with the Google products like Google voice, Documents, Gmail and others. Does anyone who owns a Windows phone 7 or who undoubtly knows about them know if the Windows Phone app store has Google Product apps?

Flippinwindows said,
It's funny how a consumer can get sucked in to wanting more of a similar product. I'm all Windows, but I'm also all Android for mobile. I'm already see the change in my urge to want to switch over to the Windows phone. I just have to do a little more digging to see if it'll be what I want. And what I want is total personalization and intergration with my stuff. Google seems to have that with the Google products like Google voice, Documents, Gmail and others. Does anyone who owns a Windows phone 7 or who undoubtly knows about them know if the Windows Phone app store has Google Product apps?

Google has refused to release their apps on WP, so you wont find the same ones as on android but 3rd party ones. I dont use any so cant say how good they are. Currently WP integrates with other Microsoft services very closely, and will be even more so in WP8.

Great, I took a look at the Marketplace and I have to say it seems like the 3rd party dev's. are pretty good at making up for the lack of interest that Google didn't take part at. I forgot about Microsoft Outlook. I might just be converging to that and Dropbox. But Google Documents was and still is a Charm to me as I have about 326MB of Documents in there right now.


efjay said,

Google has refused to release their apps on WP, so you wont find the same ones as on android but 3rd party ones. I dont use any so cant say how good they are. Currently WP integrates with other Microsoft services very closely, and will be even more so in WP8.

Flippinwindows said,
cut

If you depend on google services, you should stick with android.

If you are willing to change them for microsofts, than obviously WP. Hotmail, skydrive and office webapps are very good. In my opinion, better than what goole has.

Flippinwindows said,
Google seems to have that with the Google products like Google voice, Documents, Gmail and others. Does anyone who owns a Windows phone 7 or who undoubtly knows about them know if the Windows Phone app store has Google Product apps?
I have a Windows Phone, and I exclusively use my Gmail account on it for email. In addition, I have a Live email account (actually a personal email account that Live/Hotmail reads for me, but more importantly, it acts as my Live ID) for everything else "Windows Phone," such as my SkyDrive and Zune Pass. I don't write any documents on my phone, but my phone did come with Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote (quick note taking) all exist directly on the phone, and they sync with my SkyDrive.

On the desktop, I love both Office 365 and Google Docs. Office 365 provides a lot more functionality with one very key exception: autosaving. I lost two [rather short] documents because I had not been saving them manually as I typed. It may have been because I was in private browsing (I was testing it with a different Live account, and my computer went to sleep both times), but that pretty much stopped me from using it anymore. Google Docs pretty much saves as you type.

On the plus side, WP uses "Hubs" to allow third parties to add functionality to the phone in user-recognizable ways. For instance, Microsoft built-in support for my contacts to sync with my Live contacts, my Gmail contacts as well as my Facebook contacts (among others). It also intelligently combines ("links") those that are shared across the different services. Similarly, Google Talk could be combined into the Messenger if Google chose to implement that Hub (analogous to the Facebook part of the Hub allowing Facebook chat interweaved with texting).

Finally, if I did want multiple email accounts on my phone, I could either combine or separate them as I please, which was a really good feature for me until I stopped using my personal email account from the phone (I pretty much do everything that I care about through the Gmail account).

Office mobile and skydrive is far more powerful than google docs.

Flippinwindows said,
Great, I took a look at the Marketplace and I have to say it seems like the 3rd party dev's. are pretty good at making up for the lack of interest that Google didn't take part at. I forgot about Microsoft Outlook. I might just be converging to that and Dropbox. But Google Documents was and still is a Charm to me as I have about 326MB of Documents in there right now.


GetUsed2It said,
NOTHING will boost winPhone sales. not win8, not nokia, not even devices like htc tattoo.

Interesting statement considering Nokia has already SHOWN that it can boost Windows Phone sales. I really fail to see why people insist on posting comments when they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about...

M_Lyons10 said,

Interesting statement considering Nokia has already SHOWN that it can boost Windows Phone sales.

From what I can discern from the numbers, Nokia's WP7 marketshare gains have come mostly at the expensive of HTC.

I think the real test will be when Nokia starts releasing low end phones to the asian markets.

M_Lyons10 said,
Interesting statement considering Nokia has already SHOWN that it can boost Windows Phone sales. I really fail to see why people insist on posting comments when they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about...

People on the internet :thumbup: ...

GetUsed2It said,
NOTHING will boost winPhone sales. not win8, not nokia, not even devices like htc tattoo.

...And what you have against WP exactly? Did it eat your lunch or something? Grow up.