Microsoft’s worldwide smartphone market share now stands at about 2 to 2.4 percent — up from a year ago but down from last quarter, according to figures released by research firms IDC and Gartner.
IDC had Microsoft’s smartphone-platform (including Windows Phone 7 and the outdated Windows Mobile) market share for the third quarter at 2 percent. That’s up from 1.2 percent this time last year but down from 3.5 percent in the second quarter.
Gartner had Microsoft’s share at 2.4 percent for the third quarter, up from 1.5 percent a year ago but down from 2.7 percent in the second quarter.
(IDC and Gartner measured somewhat different things. IDC looked at shipments, while Gartner looked at sales to end users.)
The drop in the third quarter is most likely due to the fourth-quarter launch of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 7 devices are not upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.
The big leap from a year ago comes from Android, which now holds about 72 to 75 percent of the market, up from 53 to 58 percent a year ago, according to the two research firms.
Here’s IDC’s chart:
And here’s Gartner’s chart: