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Steve Ballmer on Windows Phone: “We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked”

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Steve Ballmer on Windows Phone: “We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked”
You’ve heard it before - Steve Ballmer has previously mentioned that Windows Phone sales have gone “from very small to very small,” but now nearly a year has passed since the launch of WP7 and Microsoft’s chief executive officer drew some obvious conclusions. “We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked,” Ballmer said. Well, analysts have actually pointed out that after Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s platform share on the market fell behind that of Samsung’s bada, which is plain bad. 

But the outspoken CEO remained optimistic about the future. With DirectX graphics and better mobile version of Internet Explorer, Windows Phone will aim to take that magical third ecosystem position. “I’m not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be,” Ballmer added. “We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level.”

It seems, though, kicking things to the next level is what Microsoft’s mobile platforms have been trying to do in the last couple of years. The one major thing that’s changed now is not only the new, reworked WP7 with Mango, but also the support of Nokia, which has put all its horses on Windows Phone. So far, that has only contributed to Espoo’s market share slumping down at an alarming rate as it wrote off Symbian as a burning platform. But for Microsoft it seems that it has only brought benefits: “With Nokia we have a dedicated hardware partner that is all-in on Windows Phones,” Ballmer noted. “They are not doing something on Android or [any other operating system].”

The Mango update has reached its peak and the first Mango phones like the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash are rumored to roll out on AT&T on September 18th, so we’ll soon know for sure whether Redmond has kicked it off to the next level. Patience is all it takes.


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posted on 15 Sep 2011, 04:51 2

1. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


" fell behind that of Samsung’s bada, which is plain bad"
that's not bad, that is expected. bada is a much better OS than WP7, so that's nothing surprising.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:02 13

2. Bob (unregistered)


LOL! Stop trolling man, we all know that's not true.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:10 4

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


We all know that bada is better than WP7,it is a fact that bada has more functions than WP7, you can't deny it. And in my opinion bada has a much better UI too, but other people have different taste, so some people might actually like the metro UI on WP7 better than bada's UI.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:11 2

4. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


People vote with their wallets. If they like WP7, then they buy WP7. If they like bada, they buy bada. More people buy bada, means more people like bada better.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:35 11

7. droidnator (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


How many times can you write "bada" in a f**n sentence? Seriously, stop trolling.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:45 1

8. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


how many times can you mention android in an article ?
As long as i'm on topic i can mention bada as many times as i like !

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:01 8

9. droidnator (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


Lame argument. Articles are something different, besides no author uses "Android" as often as you use "bada". And in this case it's comments we are talking about. Your annoying bada-infested comments. I get it - you like that OS, but you are getting overboard with it!

And you are offtopic - the article is about WP7, while you turn the attention to another OS that was barely mentioned, and turn this discussion thread into a bada discussion. Troll.

Oh, and you can stop thumbing your posts up.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:07 1

10. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I'm not off topic. They mentioned bada, and my comment was about their mention of bada.

I'm not using the word bada, more than any of you are using the word android or iphone.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:17 1

11. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Who says i'm thumbing my own posts up when i'm not ?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:20 6

12. droidnator (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


See? I told you you are getting overboard, and that you are annoying!

In a short comment of two sentences you used "the B word" 3 times! Ever heard of synonyms? You can substitute that damn word with "it", "OS", "platform", whatever!!!

And bada was mentioned EXACTLY once in the article, and look at you - clogging the thread with offtopics because of one simple mention. How old are you anyway?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:24 4

14. daniel_bargs (Posts: 325; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


i do believe much in Microsoft when it comes to softwares but hey, Samsung with their bada? that is a great mistake samsung did.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:19 2

19. BadaCurious (unregistered)


Is the Wave the only Bada phone so far? Is it available in the States? If so, is there a CDMA version? I know its selling like hot cakes some places and I'm curious to try it and see what its like.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:59 1

27. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


There are more phones with bada than just the wave. There is also the Wave 2 and the recently announced Wave 3 (with awesome specifications). There are also quite alot of cheap phones with bada as well.
I don't think bada phones are available in the US with any carrier (yet), but you should be able to buy from online stores like amazon or ebay.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 18:46 1

58. BaduCurious (unregistered)


Yes, I've seen them but I've never seen a CDMA Wave. I don't want GSM.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:00 2

39. THEJET88 (Posts: 18; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


Aye peter Why don't you just go to the bada section of this website???..... Oh yeah i forgot.......

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 18:39 2

56. corporateJP (Posts: 2453; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Stop, brother.

Just...stop.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:25 5

5. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 948; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Dude you really need to find a hobby... or a girlfriend.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 05:32 1

6. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I'm just correcting a little misstake that Phonarena did, they forgot to mention what i wrote above.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:21 1

13. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Ballmer sure is entertaining to me.

What a character

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:33 2

15. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Yeah, he is entertaining : P

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:39

16. Mooooo (Posts: 212; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


How you doing today Pete?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:15 1

23. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I'm fine thanks, and you ?
I'm trying out the win 8 developer preview today : )

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 21:07

59. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


actually, iOS WAS a feature phone OS. It didnt become a real smartphone OS until iOS3 or 4.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 07:07 3

17. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i love the stock picture of balmer that they use whenever he says something. looks like he is in the middle of an "evil laugh" after a long diatribe describing what his evil plan is.. lol.

back to the article

bada is a feature phone OS. no smartphone wants to be behind a featurephone fighting for last place.. lol.

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 08:23 1

24. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


I too find that picture of ballmer hilarious : P
When it comes to bada, it is not a feature phone OS no matter how many times you say it. It is a smarphone OS. Now, go check it out before you say anyhing like this again. Go and have a look atwww.bada.com

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:02

28. hepresearch (unregistered)


... and BREW MP claims to be a "smartphone platform", too...

;-P

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 09:15 1

30. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


brew has nothing to do with bada.
bada has, multitaksing, HTML 5, Flash lite, Voice recognition, samsungapps app store *(with more than 6500 apps for the wave), file manager. And you can personalize bada more than you can with Symbian, WP7 and IOS !

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:20 3

34. remixfa (Posts: 14597; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


bada is a feature phone OS.


And no matter how many times you say it, google will never drop all their partners and start acting like Apple and gouging customers on phone pricing, like you keep hoping because u think somehow people will run to... bada.. lol
:)

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 11:42

41. hepresearch (unregistered)


hmmm... let's see, Flash lite, Voice recognition, apps and app store, file manager, personalization... this sounds a lot like another "OS" that's out there. In fact, their motto even proves that they have "apps"... so here's the million-dollar question: Which platform is marketed under the motto "How the other half apps"?

I'll give you three guesses...

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 10:51

38. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


bada is not a feature phone OS, it is a smartphone OS that's a fact. You have not even tried bada. You can't say bada is a feature phone OS when it is not.

If you believe so much that bada is a feature phone OS, then can you please tell me what makes you think that ???

When it comes to Google, i'm not saying google will drop their partners. I'm saying the opposite, their partners will drop Google, and you will see that in 1-2 years.

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