Windows Phone Mango likely to be ready in September, Microsoft aims for 100 million annual sales

Windows Phone Mango likely to be ready in September, Microsoft aims for 100 million annual sales
The winners in the Microsoft-sponsored Imagine Cup contest this year will receive Windows Phone Mango handsets in September, as we learn from the competition's Twitter account.

That probably means that by fall availability Microsoft means early fall, which is good news for current and future owners of WP7 handsets. We wold bet on future owners who get the handsets around that time, however - current owners might have to wait more, as usually happens with these updates, but let's not put the cart before the horse.

Microsoft itself is not shy with sales forecast for Windows Phone. At the WPC 2011 partner event COO Kevin Turner said they expect about 100 million handsets with Microsoft's mobile OS to be sold each year in the future. Nokia sold 108.5 million handsets in Q1, so almost its whole lineup has to be Windows Phones for that number to be achieved, and we still don't know how the market will accept the brand repositioning.

There are other WP7 manufacturers, of course, and new ones are coming onboard, so we'll check back at the end of 2012. At about $15 per license, such a number would mean Microsoft will recoup its roughly billion dollar initial investment in development and promotion of Windows Phone 7 for a year.

Meanwhile, Nokia plans to spend about $130 million in the UK alone to promote the transition, while Microsoft will build 75 additional retail stores of its own. "We have to do some very strategic things to get our mobile phone volume up", said Kevin Turner, and we are sure Microsoft, Nokia and the other Windows Phone partners are perfectly capable of becoming the third ecosystem, injecting some healthy dose of competition.

source: WPCentral & WMPU

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9 Comments

1. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

I'm really excited about this Mango update.. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding!

2. Issak unregistered

Have a HD7, and can't wait for the mango release!

3. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2011

These are going to dominate the market soon, a fresh UI, best Facebook integration and cheaper ones coming.. WP7 and droids are going to knock apple out. !

4. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I am soooo excited. These phones need to get here asap!!!!

5. TiredDroid unregistered

Can't wait! Please give us dates, specs for each phone by carrier.

6. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I know I'm going to be ticked off if it doesn't come to Sprint. The Arrive is not my choice of phone. ATT and T-Mobile have the good selection right now.

8. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

The phone makers and carrier have no dates because unlike android they have no choice but to update.

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

MS is all in!

9. myclevername

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 07, 2010

Aren't some AT&T folks still waiting for NODO on their Focuses?

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