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Six weeks after its launch, the software is being well embraced by phone makers.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 has been well received by Smartphone users worldwide since its launch in October, offering over 4,000 apps.

It also allows control of home automation systems using the mobile software.

It is seen as a last ditch effort by the software giants to get a foothold in a phone industry dominated by the likes Apple and Google.

“If Windows 7 Phone smartphone sold in large enough volume, then Microsoft deserve continued fighting in the global smartphone market. However, if the smartphone windows 7 Phone was not sold, then Microsoft should forget about the smartphone market for ever,” said Ovum analyst Tony Cripps earlier this year.

Microsoft have seen their share of the Smartphone market slip from over 50% over the past few years.

“We know we have tough competition, and this is a completely new product,” says Achim Berg, Microsoft’s Business VP for Windows Phones, who revealed the figures on the company website.

 

HTC, Dell, Samsung and LG are all to offer the Windows 7-basedsoftware on their Smartphone devices, selling 1.5 million to makers so far and other brands to follow suit in the New Year, according to Berg.

“It’s a different kind of phone, fast and easy.”

The software has been well received by consumers, say Microsoft, with the overall software user experience seen as ‘very positive’.

“We’re in the race – it’s not a sprint but we are certainly gaining momentum and we’re in it for the long run.”

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