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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.

August 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Microsoft’s worldwide smartphone market share goes up

Finally — some good news for the Windows Phone folks.

Research firm IDC’s latest figures show Microsoft’s smartphone platforms — Windows Phone and the outdated Windows Mobile — has gained market share worldwide, going from 2.3 percent in Q2 2011 to 3.5 percent in Q2 2012.

That means MIcrosoft is gaining ground on Nokia’s Symbian operating system (which Nokia is phasing out in favor of making Windows Phone its primary smartphone operating system), as well as RIM’s Blackberry, which had 4.8 percent of the market in Q2 2012. That’s a huge drop from its 11.5 percent market share in Q2 2011.

IDC attributes Microsoft’s market share gain mainly to Nokia, “which almost doubled its Lumia/Windows Phone shipments sequentially,” the report noted.

Here’s IDC’s chart:

IDCsmartphoneQ22012.JPG

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