When will Microsoft release official Windows Phone 7 sales numbers ?

Everybody’s been waiting for official Windows Phone 7 sales numbers now that handsets have been on sale for more than a month in Europe and 3 weeks in the US. Unfortunately Microsoft isn’t releasing anything yet which in turn fuels all kinds of doom and gloom speculations all over the internet. One thing is for sure: If Windows Phone 7 broke any sales record Microsoft would have issued a press release (just like they did with the Kinect). So, is it a flop ? Frankly I don’t think so. Like I said many times since the European launch; It was nearly impossible to buy a WP7 devices because of the lack of devices on sale. OEMs and Carriers (especially Europeans ones) apparently totally messed up the launch. LG was the only one ready with loads of Optimus 7 devices out of the gate followed by Samsung who is currently having a hard time pumping out Super-AMOLED screens for all of its high-end devices and finally HTC, who,in my opinion, didn’t have the backbone to actually launch 6 devices in one month (Desire Z, Desire HD, Trophy, Mozart, HD7). Retail channels only started selling devices in the second week of November (before that all the stock was allocated to carriers). The US also apparently suffered from relative a lack of handsets (let’s not talk about the disastrous Dell Venue Pro “launch“…). Oh and the marketing just sucks…IMO. 

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LG Optimus 7 Software Tour

Here’s a short software tour of the LG Optimus 7  Windows Phone 7 device. I’ve already shown you the ScanSearch and Panorama application in action last week so you should already be familiar with what’s on the device. You can also check out the screen comparison videos here and here  and also the performance videos here and here. As with all the WP7 devices currently on the market, the Optimus 7 doesn’t disappoint in terms of overall performance and LG really did a great job differentiating it’s WP7 offerings with some pretty good exclusive applications. Video after the break:

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Visual Basic for Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools RTW released

Microsoft has just announced the release of theVisual Basic for Windows Phone 7 developer Tools RTW alongside a small sample application to give developers a sense of what things look like when developing in VB for WP7. This release enables developers to code silverlight applications for Windows Phone 7 (no XNA development) with the latest version of the SDK released last month. You can grab the VB RTW tools here:

  • English: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=206790&clcid=0×409
  • French: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206790&clcid=0x40c
  • German: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206790&clcid=0×407
  • Italian: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206790&clcid=0×410 
  • Spanish: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206790&clcid=0x40a
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