Microsoft says Windows Phone 8 platform will rapidly capture more market share as it builds on its relatively small user base. By Phil Goldstein
According to research firm IDC, Microsoft captured just 2 per cent of the global smartphone market in the third quarter, in contrast with Google’s Android, which captured 75 per cent, and Apple’s iPhone, which garnered 14.9 percent. There were 3.6 million Microsoft smartphone shipments in the third quarter, according to IDC, up from 1.5 million in the third quarter of 2011.
“With the work we have done with Nokia, HTC, Samsung and others ... there is now an opportunity to create really a strong third participant in the smartphone market,” Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said at an event to launch Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system in Israel. “We’re still relatively small ... I expect the volumes on Windows Phone to really ramp quickly.”
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