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Windows Phone 7 launch reportedly off to strong start

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(Read caption) Windows Phone 7 handsets have sold well this week, according to several new reports. Here, MTV personality Rob Dyrdek and actor Minka Kelly play with the merchandise at an event for Windows Phone 7.

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Horizons didn't exactly have high expectations for Windows 7 Phone sales. As we argued recently, the smartphone market is a crowded place – and many consumers have already sworn allegiance to Android or to the Apple iPhone – or their office has them hooked to BlackBerry. Plus, Microsoft is playing a serious game of catch-up by getting into the game so late. But hey, we'll be the first to admit that maybe we had it all wrong.

Today, several outlets are reporting that the HTC HD7, one of the first smartphones to carry the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 OS, has sold out at stores across the country. "This instantaneous success," writes Brandon Slattery of PC World, "can be credited either to HTC's impressive track list of making great smartphones or the public's strong interest in Microsoft's revamped mobile OS."


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