Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Sales Hit 1.5 Million

Microsoft has released the sales figures for its Windows Phone 7 platform, announcing that around 1.5 million handsets have been sold during the first six weeks.

Previous estimates had pegged the figure to be as little as 200,000 since the platform's launch in Europe on 21 October.

Vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones Achim Berg said that the figures were in line with Microsoft’s expectations and if compared to previous new platform introductions.

The figures, he said in a statement, relate to “phones being bought and stocked by mobile operators and retailers on their way to customers.”

“We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence," he added.

In comparison, Apple has sold 1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets within 3 days of its launch. But that was boosted by a strong market share, and, of course, it being a product of Apple.

According to Gartner’s Q3 figures, Microsoft has seen its market share drop from a lowly 7.9 per cent in 2009 to a pathetic 2.8 per cent in 2010.

“We know we have tough competition, and this is a completely new product," Berg said. "We're in the race -- it's not a sprint but we are certainly gaining momentum and we're in it for the long run."