Just in time for Santa, Microsoft is reporting initial “sales” figures for its Windows 7 Phones. From the Microsoft News Center (when it come to self-serving propaganda, Microsoft’s own press is there!):
“We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence.”
Let’s step back from the sentence that Microsoft wants you to read, because there’s no way in hell 1.5 million of these phones are being used.
“…(these are) phones being bought and stocked by mobile operators and retailers on their way to customers.” Or maybe “being forced on the suckers who are contractually bound to sling our phones, and on their way to an inch-thick layer of dust followed quickly by a call to ‘Cash for Phones'”?
The best part is that Microsoft has to admit that these million and a half phones are in retailers’ hands. Back in the salad years, they’d actually try to make people believe they were in the hands of consumers, like with the XBox. Seeing them have to fall back on burying the truth as opposed to outright lying makes me miss the old Microsoft a little.