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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 (opens in new tab).

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.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.