Whatever your view on Microsoft I would hope you would agree we me that Microsoft doesn’t exactly hold back when it comes to self-praise.  I subscribe the a Microsoft Press RSS feed and whilst it appears to me releases from Redmond are hardly coming thick and fast, when it comes to showering itself with some congratulations, Microsoft seems to me to be more than happy to step up to the mark.

We are thrilled about the consumer response to Kinect, and are working hard with our retail and manufacturing partners to expedite production and shipments of Kinect to restock shelves as fast as possible to keep up with demand…..With sales already exceeding two and a half million units in just 25 days, we are on pace to reach our forecast of 5 million units sold to consumers this holiday.

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2010/nov10/11-29msxboxblackfridaymopr.mspx

Now whilst this is old news (29/11/10) for me it raises a few questions.

Firstly lets put this into context.  The Kinect is effectively a game controller. Is the modern Microsoft at a stage where the only time it can shower success on itself is with a controller for an already established games console?  This is Microsoft 2010?  Moving past that though, this press release is brought up now because as we rapidly approach Christmas, there is still apparently no definitive word on how Windows Phone 7 has sold.

For myself I look around to the diverse potential customer base of my friends and family.  Is Windows Phone 7 being mentioned? no.  I look on the web for examples of developers clambering to get onto the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon and I personally see very little interest, all the while Microsoft remaining tight-lipped about how the market has reacted to Windows Phone 7.

I have to wonder, if WP7 is doing very well and everything is going smoothly at Redmond in respect of this phone, why are we not seeing press releases like the one for the Microsoft toy – Kinect?

I also have to wonder if Steve Ballmer is now just hoping for a Christmas miracle – when he wakes on Xmas morning and switches on the TV he sees consumers and developers climbing over each other to get into the shops to purchase his phone?  What will become of Ballmer if the phone flops?  What will become of Microsoft’s phone aspirations if yet again they fail (like with the Kin)?

2011 will certainly be an interesting year and smart phone users will be keeping up to date with all the latest news on their Android or Apple phones.

In the meantime I think it would be very charitable of everyone to let Microsoft enjoy its moment, basking in the “success” of its new game controller.  After all, it is Christmas.

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