Microsoft admits it's microscopic when it comes to mobile phones. Big boss Steve Ballmer has conceded thatis still small fry next to rivals including the iPhone or Android phones.
Ballmer told assembled partner companies at a Microsoft conference that "in a year, we've gone from very small to ... very small".
But Ballmer insists it's not size that's important -- it's what you do with it. He reckons "nine out of 10 people who bought a Windows Phone would absolutely recommend it to a friend". We don't buy that for a second -- there's no way 10 people have bought one. LOL.
What Microsoft could do with is a killer phone. Ballmer maintains "people in the phone business believe in us", but customers don't buy an operating system, they buy a phone -- Android has exploded thanks to fantastic phones from theto the . Samsung, HTC, and LG all make phones that use Windows Phone but the likes of the or haven't set the world alight yet.
That could change though, whenunveils its first Windows Phone. We've had a glimpse of the prototype, apparently closely related to the , and the real thing could arrive sometime before the end of the year.
Another expected boost is Xbox Live integration, and beefed-up Bing and Internet Explorer.
have also signed up to make Windows Phones. They're expected this summer.
Even if Windows Phone is still very small, Microsoft has plenty of other ways of earning money: like tablet race against the all-conquering -- but he's been for ages, and .
But is Windows Phone's very small share of the smart phone market good enough for a company the size of Microsoft? Tell us your thoughts -- big or small -- in the comments or on our Facebook page.