IDC did say the growth it expects from Windows 7 will be driven at least partly by an assist on sales from Nokia, which has suffered its own setbacks in smartphone sales, under a recent agreement in which Nokia promised to run Windows phone on its phones and Microsoft promised to invest in Nokia, pay the company for much of its development effort and keep any of the top executives from being forced to speak to Ballmer in person.
Neither IDC nor other smartphone-market analysts, ethicists, philosophers or rescue workers agreed to comment on the moral permissibility or potential catastrophic impact of shipping Windows Phone "Mango" in the already devastated Japan.
Though rich in culture and history, Japan is a relatively small island country that would be difficult to evacuate if it were to suffer a sudden influx of Windows smarphone devices. Global NGOs and humanitarian organizations are reportedly already gearing up to deliver immediate assistance if needed.
In the meantime, Ballmer was overheard to say something in public that, though unclear and directed at people other than the eavesdropper, something about the invasion of Japan helping Windows Phone's market share advance from "very small" to "[expletive deleted]."
We and the Japanese people wish Microsoft luck with that goal.