Windows Phone handsets are outselling Apple’s iPhone in China’s emerging mobile market, Microsoft officials claim, Engadget reported. Michel van der Bel, the COO of Microsoft’s China division, stated that the Windows Phone has gained a seven percent market share, edging out Apple’s iPhone by one point.
Redmond is heavily invested in the Chinese market, with over 2,500 developers working for the company in its Chinese R&D lab.
However, the COO admitted, Microsoft lags far behind Google’s Android platform, which currently rules the roost in China.
Despite being far behind Google Microsoft has “only just begun,” Van Der Bel stated, citing his company’s “smartphone and PC-tablet hybrid, which is suitable for the consumer, but also easy to insert in an existing business infrastructure.”
Windows Phone has not taken off in the US, despite rave reviews on tech sites and its adoption by Apple co-founder Woz.
“I also surmised that Steve Jobs might have been reincarnated at Microsoft, due to a lot of what I see and feel with this phone making me think of a lot of great Apple things,” Woz said regarding the Windows Phone.