Microsoft is hoping that the launch of Windows 8 Consumer Preview will give a boost to the sales of Windows Phone-based handsets in the market. According to Microsoft, with the release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview the users will become more familiar with the Metro Interface.
These claims were made by senior product manager for Windows Phone, Larry Lieberman, during the just concluded Mobile World Congress 2012. He said that while Microsoft is aware that the sales of Windows Phone is still low, but this will change in the future.
“The sales of Windows Phone could also be higher, but you have to remember it is a new platform. It is not a small investment from Microsoft, we believe that mobile phones are the future of computing so we are focused on bringing affordable technology to the masses,” he said.
“The release of Windows 8 will help to drive sales of the Windows Phone platform as the Metro interface becomes common place on the desktop and we drive integration between the platforms,” Lieberman said.
Similar claims were later made by the CEOs of HTC and Nokia, who both said that they believe Windows Phone can compete directly with Apple iOS devices and Android smartphones.