While Microsoft did announce back in January that some 2 million Windows Phone 7 devices had been shipped to carriers since the launch of its newest mobile operating systems, just how many of these found their ways into customer hands has remained a mystery. LG, one of Microsoft’s launch partners, suggested that sales had not met its expectations but did not reveal any numbers.
Russian site Mobile-review.com’s Eldar Murtazin has now estimated that Microsoft sold 674,000 Windows Phone 7 devices in 2010. This number excludes the free smartphones that Microsoft gave to its employees. Murtazin goes on to call the launch a failure, indicating that Microsoft failed to create a product that appealed to consumers.
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