At Microsoft’s shareholders’ meeting today, Steve Ballmer said Windows Phone 8 sales were off to a “great start.” The combination of new software and more powerful hardware had resulted in four times as many sales as this time last year, the Microsoft CEO said.
Apparently, Nokia’s Lumia 920 is off to a pretty good start:
Shanghai Securities News reports that Nokia has already taken orders for 2.5 million Lumia 920s in the 20 days the phone has been on the market. This isn’t far off the 2.76 million Windows Phone handsets that Gartner estimates were sold in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Lumia 920 is on track to sell more devices this quarter than all Windows Phone OEMs managed a year ago.
I guess that’s something?
It’s impossible to weigh in on Surface when we only handled one of the two tablets, and when each hands-on opportunity amounted to a Supermarket Sweep-style tour of various demo areas. Still, even after some brief handling, we feel impressed, almost sobered by what Microsoft’s managed to produce after vowing to take the Windows 8 hardware-software package into its own hands. Surface for Windows RT is well-made, polished, durable and carefully engineered.
Hype is steadily increasing.
Pretty damned impressive.
From the BUILD conference. Very in-depth, with lots of information on how the revamped Start menu and overall Metro UI work.
But even in this early state, Windows 8 is unambiguously a first-class tablet operating system.
Update: you can read the press release from the Build Windows event on Microsoft’s website.