Another big milestone for Windows Phone

Yesterday marked another major and exciting milestone for Windows Phone and our partners AT&T, HTC, and Nokia with the availability of the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II. You can now go online or visit AT&T and Microsoft stores across the U.S. to experience the best Windows Phones we’ve yet delivered—and the first Windows Phone LTE devices on AT&T.

The Nokia Lumia 900—the first Lumia on AT&T—took home the “Best of CES” award in January when it made its debut. Today it’s topping Amazon’s best seller list. The reviews are also in, and they highlight the phone’s beautiful design and the unique Windows Phone experience. Here’s a sample:

“This Nokia phone and its Microsoft operating system are truly lovely—more beautiful than the iPhone or Android software, and, for most functions, just as powerful.” —The New York Times

“Windows Phone’s approach trumps the iPhone’s unhelpful mosaic of app icons and it’s also a more orderly solution than Android’s desktop widgets.“ —The Chicago Sun Times

The Lumia 900 is a great testament to the hard work and energy of both Microsoft and Nokia. We’re very proud of what we’ve built together in a little more than a year: it’s powerful, yet also beautiful to look at and hold.

Since launching Windows Phone 18 months ago we’ve also made big strides in expanding our platform around the world. We just debuted in China. Our Marketplace is available in 54 countries (with another nine on the way). And we now offer nearly 80,000 apps, with 300 new arrivals every day. We’re also excited that PC Magazine readers just gave Windows Phone a “Readers Choice” award for favorite mobile operating system.

Starting today, a lot of activity kicks off from Microsoft, AT&T, and Nokia to help make this a great launch. You’ll see big displays taking over AT&T retail store windows, the amazing $99 price tag (with a two-year contract) for the Lumia 900, and some fun events happening in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and on the web to help you regain some of your valuable free time. The retail experience—from the events to the window displays to the enthusiastic sales associates—is all designed to showcase and reinforce what’s best about Windows Phone, so customers coming to the stores will have a great experience and leave with the Windows Phone that’s right for them.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the Nokia Lumia 900 or HTC Titan II yet, head down to your local AT&T store and try them out. We hope you like them as much as we do.