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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.

October 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Microsoft’s smartphones still not gaining market share

As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows Phone 8 this fall, the latest figures from research firm comScore shows the company’s smartphone market share is still miniscule.

Microsoft’s smartphone platforms (which include Windows Phone and the outdated Windows Mobile) held 3.6 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers for the three months ending in August, according to comScore.

That’s holding steady from the three months ended in July but down from 4 percent for the three months ended in May.

Here’s comScore’s chart:

comScoreAug2012.png

Obviously, Microsoft will have a lot of catching up to do when it launches Windows Phone 8 later this fall. Nokia, HTC and Samsung have all recently announced new Windows Phone 8 handsets but Microsoft has not yet revealed an official launch date.

This is all coming amidst growing rumors that Microsoft may launch its own branded smartphone, like it’s doing with Surface, the company’s own branded tablets.

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