Windows smartphone sales collapse
Sales of Windows smartphones plunged 76% in the second quarter, plummeting from 8.2 million in 2015 to less than 2 million this year, researcher Gartner said today.
The dramatic decline was more fallout from Microsoft’s botched acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, the writing off of more than $10 billion and the subsequent decision to back out of the consumer smartphone market.
According to Gartner, global sales of Windows-powered smartphones in the June quarter came to just under 2 million units. In a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) last month, Microsoft put its smartphone sales at around 1.2 million. The difference between Gartner’s and Microsoft’s numbers — about 750,000 smartphones — represented what the former believed other device makers sold during the quarter.
As recently as May, Microsoft executives again asserted that the company was not giving up on homegrown…
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