In a renewed charge led by Nokia’s (NOK) flagship Lumia 920 smartphone, Windows Phone sales this holiday season are up dramatically from the same period last year. According to Bloomberg, sales of smartphones powered by Microsoft’s (MSFT) mobile platform have quadrupled handset sales ahead of the holidays in 2011. “Windows Phone 8 has been on sale for a few weeks and is off to a great start,” Bloomberg quotes Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as having said during a shareholders’ meeting. He continued, noting that Windows Phone 8 models from both Nokia and HTC (2498) “are getting rave reviews and have initially sold out in many countries.” The executive also stated that there are currently 1,500 different PC and tablet models running Microsoft’s new Windows 8 software, up from 1,000 models when the platform debuted.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.