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Microsoft CEO Ballmer says Windows Phone 7 sales lower than expected

News by Dan Seifert on Thursday September 15, 2011.

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Speaking to a group of financial analysts, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed that sales of Windows Phone 7 devices have not been as high as he would have liked by now, but that he remains optimistic for the platform's future success.

"We haven't sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year," said Ballmer. "I'm not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be," he continued.

Ballmer is confident that Microsoft has built a strong competitor to the iPhone and Android smartphones with its Windows Phone 7 ecosystem. He also pointed to Microsoft's partnership with Nokia to exclusively produce Windows Phone 7 smartphones as a reason for why the platform will see future success.

"With Nokia we have a dedicated hardware partner that is all-in on Windows Phones," he said. "They are not doing something on Android or [any other operating system]."

Microsoft has had trouble converting users from its old Windows Mobile operating system to the new Windows Phone 7 platform, despite having not released any new phones with Windows Mobile in over a year. Windows Phone 7 has had difficulty gaining more than a couple of points of market share, though it has support from a number of smartphone manufacturers, such as HTC, Samsung, LG, and now Nokia.

The next version of Windows Phone, codenamed Mango, is due to hit shelves soon, and with it a number of new devices. HTC and Samsung have both announced new Windows Phone models that will be available soon, and Fujitsu has already released one in Japan. [via All Things D]

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