Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 team is still dodging questions over Windows Phone 7 sales numbers.
Joe Belfiore, director of the Windows Phone program, spoke at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Amongst the discussion over Windows Phone 7, Walt Mossberg asked Belfiore for hard Windows Phone 7 sales numbers. “We’re not talking about numbers yet,” he told Mossberg. “It’s just too soon to talk about numbers.”
Belfiore isn’t the only Windows Phone team member who is refusing to talk numbers. Charlie Kindel, GM of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Ecosystem, spoke at LeWeb conference on Wednesday and also refused to talk Windows Phone 7 sales numbers. Kindel was pressed on expected sales figures for 2011 and the answer was “we plan to sell a lot in 2011″. Kindel said that Microsoft has “ambitious long term goals.” Microsoft is also promising to open up its app store download figures to developers. “We have not opened up our business intelligence aspects of our Marketplace and we’ll do that in the next month or so.”
Microsoft is planning to release a Windows Phone 7 OS update in early 2011. Microsoft is officially saying that the update is due in early 2011 but WinRumors understands Microsoft officials will detail the upcoming changes at CES. Windows Phone 7 is a key part of Microsoft’s long term mobile strategy and we expect the software giant to promise tethering, copy and paste, map improvements and a basic implementation of multi-tasking for third party applications. Microsoft will also make a number of changes to device settings to allow for further customisation by end users. Recently, a video emerged of Microsoft’s implementation of Windows Phone 7 copy and paste.
Microsoft’s refusal to speak about Windows Phone 7 sales numbers is telling. The software giant happily boasts its Windows 7 sales figures on a near monthly basis. Could the lack of sales figures mean that the company isn’t selling as many as it would like?