High demand, low supply. That has been the trend since Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920 smartphone hit markets in early November. Because of the supply shortages, it has been difficult for analysts to determine just how well the Lumia 920 has been selling a month after launch. Despite the confusion, investment firm Canaccord Genuity recently performed channel checks and determined that Lumia 920 has indeed been attracting a considerable amount of consumer attention.
While the iPhone 5 was undoubtedly the highest selling smartphone in the United States last month, with the Galaxy S III trailing behind in second place, the Lumia 920 managed a respectable third-place finish in November sales. The Lumia 920 was the top-selling Windows Phone smartphone on AT&T last month, whereas the HTC Windows Phone 8X took the top spot on both T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.
“While our checks indicated the Lumia 920 was the top-selling Windows smartphone at AT&T and #3 selling device at that channel, we believe iPhone dominated AT&T’s sell-through volume,” Walkley wrote in his research note.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has noted in the past that he plans on positioning Windows Phone as a legitimate third-place competitor, so the third-place Lumia 920 has already hit the sweet spot. It’s unlikely that any Windows Phone will ever surpass the iPhone or top Android smartphones in the foreseeable future, but Microsoft has proved that it can willingly compete alongside the two major platforms. And as a consumer, that’s music to my ears.
Today’s the annual digital version of Black Friday, known by most as “Cyber Monday.” Microsoft’s Black Friday deals are still live today, but there’s not much cheap stuff left. Many of the deals we outlined from Friday are still in effect, but the best picks of the 10 and 15 dollar Xbox games are gone for the most part. Notably, the Acer Iconia W510 Tablet PC is undergoing a fairly steep $100 discount, and the Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Forza Horizon and Speed Wheel Bundle is currently $115 off. The Surface has not had any notable discounts, but you can get a second touch or type cover for $50 off when you purchase one.
We don’t expect Microsoft’s Surface to go on any significant sale today, seeing as it was not deeply discounted on Friday. The device is under fairly high demand and it wouldn’t make sense for Microsoft to have to make back orders on the tablet. What have you found today? Are there any Microsoft-related Black Friday deals that you’ve found to be particularly interesting? Are there any deals that you’ve seen pop up just today? Feel free to share in the comments.
It’s not looking good for Microsoft this week. Sinofsky left, they had to fix huge Skype security holes, and they were sued for misadvertising their tablet - just to name a few. Today’s news isn’t going to help.
Paul Thurrott of SuperSite for Windows is reporting that according to his sources, Windows 8 hasn’t quite lived up to Microsoft’s expectations. Thurrott explains that Microsoft is mainly blaming this on lackluster sale of Windows 8 PCs and the fact that their manufacturers have done a poor job of effectively bringing well designed computers to market.
While this may or may not be the case, he also outlines what he thinks are many other issues plaguing the operating system so early on in its lifespan. Specifically, he mentions questions about Sinofsky, the economy, a confusing range of device types, waiting to release the Surface Pro, and the fact that Windows 8 is simply confusing. Most importantly, he closes the article making it clear that all of this could have been avoided one way or another. Will Microsoft’s latest and greatest pull through in the end? Only time will tell, but Thurrott thinks that “the Windows 8 launch is much like that of Vista…” Continue reading