MSFT: 1.5 Million Windows Phones Sold in Six Weeks

Microsoft has finally revealed some Windows Phones sales figures and they're good: "We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence."

However this apparently doesn't reflect the numbers of actual handsets sold to consumers. It's phones sold from OEMs to carriers. Some commentators have expressed total skepticism that consumers are buying the phones. I'll withhold judgment for now. 

There are also reportedly 4,000 apps in the Windows Marketplace, another reasonably good start. 

So this isn't the disaster that Microsoft's silence suggested. Yet the absence of direct consumer data doesn't tell us the true level of consumer demand but the initial data are potentially promising for Microsoft.