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At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Joe Belfiore shared updates about Windows and Windows Phone, and gave details about a new phase to continue growing and scaling Windows Phone globally.
As corporate vice president of Microsoft Windows Phone, Belfiore is known as the “Windows Phone guy,” but as he explains on the Windows Phone Blog, his job focus has changed to include the user experience on Windows 8 and future versions of Windows.
Belfiore took a look back at the steady growth of Windows Phone and its recent milestones, including being recognized as the fastest growing OS with 91 percent year-over-year growth in 2013. He also says that the Windows Phone Store has reached “critical mass” with more than 240,000 apps and an average of 500 apps added each day. Some big names that are now there include Instagram, Vine, Waze, Mint— and in a few weeks, Facebook Messenger.
Microsoft’s partners – HTC, Huawei, Nokia and Samsung, and now Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo,LG, Longcheer and ZTE – were also credited as “the engine of growth for Windows.” Belfiore cites IDC for this interesting stat: Windows Phone partners make up 56 percent of the global smartphone market. He sees these partners as a source of “an incredible new range of devices across screen sizes and price points.” To streamline the process of building a Windows Phone device, Microsoft has launched the Windows Hardware Partner Portal.
And here’s what you can expect within the new few months: an update to Windows 8.1, lower priced hardware, improvements to the mouse and keyboard experience, enhanced support for enterprise customers, a new update for Windows Phone and new phones.
Head over to the Windows Phone Blog to read the rest of Belfiore’s post and to watch a video from MWC where he talks about the future of Windows and Windows Phone.
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Athima ChansanchaiMicrosoft News Center Staff