Windows Phone 7 (WP7) has not made the impact Microsoft had hoped for, the tech giant’s CEO has admitted, amid reports of slower than expected sales for handsets powered by the smartphone operating system.
Addressing delegates at the 2011 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Steve Ballmer self-deprecatingly admitted that since launch the platform has gone from “very small to…very small”.
However, he rebuffed concerns that Microsoft will struggle to unseat the iPhone and Android at the top of the smartphone tree, forecasting that WP7 will make “a lot of progress in the market going forward”.
News of his candid remarks come after data from market analysts Nielsen recently revealed that WP7 accounts for just one per cent of all handsets in the US.
Microsoft will be pinning its hopes on the soon-to-come Mango update, which adds 500-odd new features to the OS, and a slew of new phones arriving later this year to pique renewed interest in the platform.
The first-ever Nokia WP7 phones are set to be among the first handsets packing Mango and are expected to arrive in September, in time for the seasonal rush.
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