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Microsoft’s WP7 Platform Guy Won’t Talk Sales Numbers Either (Le Web)

December 8th, 2010 12:59 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

We’re here at Le Web 2010 in Paris, where organizer Loic Le Meur is doing an on-stage Q&A with Charlie Kindel, General Manager for the Windows Phone Developer Ecosystem at Microsoft.

Asked how many phones Microsoft has sold to date, Kindel declined to answer the question (sound familiar?).

He only said they “plan to sell a lot in 2011″, referring to it as a “long-term project”.

Which, in my mind, means sales are really disappointing right now, one and a half month in.

Kindel says he recognizes that Microsoft is far behind right now, but remains ambitious in its mobile efforts.

Le Meur says developers have a terrible life, having to build applications for a multitude of platforms. He asked Kindel why developers should be interested in Windows Phone 7.

Vague answer (paraphrased): we built the phone to be different, so developers can also create different experiences. Meh.

According to Kindel, the development tools have been downloaded 750,000 times since WP7′s debut, and about 50,000 developers have signed up so far.

(Updating live)

Source: Microsoft’s WP7 Platform Guy Won’t Talk Sales Numbers Either (Le Web)

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