Microsoft hopes to sell 100 Million Windows Phones a year thanks to Nokia deal

Microsoft’s COO Kevin Turner just announced during his WPC 2011 keynote that the company’s hopes to sell up to 100 Million Windows Phone devices per year thanks to the collaboration with Nokia:

We have dreams and aspirations that we can get to 100 million units per year with that single deal.

The company is still long ways off like Steve Ballmer said 2 days ago during his keynote: “Marketshare went from very small too…very small”. This fall’s launch of Mango will be key to the platform’s success. We have already seen several of the upcoming phones by Nokia, HTC, Samsung, Acer, Fujistu and, ZTE but Marketing will also have to be top notch. Hit the break for a Google and Oracle bashing slides straight from the keynote:

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New Android Market application: Hands on video and comparison with the Windows Phone 7 Mango marketplace

Google has launched the newest version of the Android Marketplace application yesterday which is going to be rolled out to all Android 2.2 + phones in the coming weeks. If you can’t wait that long the you hit this link and grab the APK that you will then manually install on you device. As you will see the UI has be heavily revamped compared to the previous version but contrary to what some people are saying I don’t find it really Metro inspired beside the main screen which looks closer to the Mosaic By Tribune app more than anything else. (see picture after the break).

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Microsoft licenses augmented reality patents

Microsoft has just licensed several augmented reality patents from a company named GeoVector. From the looks of it the technology in question seems to be similar to what other companies like Google are doing with their services (and it’s quite possible that the big G also licensed the same patents awhile ago). This obviously means that we can expect AR features using the compass and Gyro in an upcoming update to Bing Maps on Windows Phone (WP7, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8). Just keep in mind that today’s licensing agreement doesn’t mean that Microsoft has just started to work on this stuff. This is essentially done to protect the company from being sued in the future as the press releases clearly says that “The non-exclusive multi-year agreement gives Microsoft rights to use concepts covered by GeoVector’s patents” . Full PR after the break:

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