Microsoft Wants To Sell 100m Windows Phone Handsets In 2012

Microsoft is apparently looking to sell a whopping 100 million Windows Phone smartphones in 2012 according to a report from an anonymous source published by WMPoweruser.com.

That number is said to be quite ambitious and would only be achievable, according to the website, if Nokia decides to scale up its Windows Phone production worldwide.

The handset manufacturer is the only phone maker that has bet the barn on Windows Phone. All the other non-exclusive handset makers (HTC, Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei) have spread their bets, while others (Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Apple, RIM) have clearly chosen their sides.

The other nugget of information WMPoweruser garnered was that Microsoft had deliberately removed support for multi core in Windows Phone Mango in order to allow Nokia enough time to familiarise itself with the Qualcomm chipset ecosystem.

Nokia's high end handsets relied mostly on Broadcom chipsets prior to the move to Qualcomm. The inclusion of multi core capabilities in Windows Phone Mango would have allowed Nokia's rivals, LG, Samsung and HTC, to deliver dual core Windows Phones in 2011, something that may have proved fatal to Nokia's ambitions.