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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

June 6, 2012 at 8:37 AM

IDC: Windows Phone to be No. 2 smartphone platform by 2016; Android peaking

Research firm IDC is predicting that Windows Phone, despite its slow start, will be the world’s No. 2 smartphone platform by 2016.

IDC believes Windows Phone sales will be aided by Microsoft’s smartphone partner, Nokia’s, strength in key emerging markets, according to a news release.

IDC also predicts Android will maintain its lead as the most-shipped smartphone operating system during that time but that its share of the market will peak this year.

Here’s IDC’s chart showing current smartphone market share and predictions for 2016:

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