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Windows Phone 7 on its way to the #2 spot? So says IDC

Just on the heels of Ovum's prediction of WP7 overtaking RIM in smartphone market share by 2016, comes more encouraging projections by International Data Corporation (IDC).  In a press release today, IDC's Ramon Llamas said that "by 2015, IDC expects Windows Phone to be number 2 operating system worldwide behind Android."  IDC credits this move up the ladder to Microsoft's partnership with Nokia

"Up until the launch of Windows Phone 7 last year, Microsoft has steadily lost market share while other operating systems have brought forth new and appealing experiences," added Llamas. "The new alliance brings together Nokia's hardware capabilities and Windows Phone's differentiated platform."

Android is expected to remain the top dog, while iOS, Blackberry and others will see a slight drop-off.  IDC estimates that worldwide smartphone market will grow at four times the rate of mobile phones and is expected to increase from 303.4 million smartphones shipped to over 450 million, a rise of 49.2%.

Whether WP7 flourishes or crashes and burns, it seems that the outcome of the deal with Nokia will be a key determining factor.

Source: International Data Corporation; Graph Picture:FinkOrSwim

10 Comments
  • if this is true, this is good
  • They are having hissy fits on apple blogs over this news. I would go trolling, but I think they are mad enough. LOL
  • Apple era is over just like what happened before.The victory of Windows Phone 7 will also bring other Microsoft products even more popular. XBOX, Office, BING and other stuffs.Windows Phone 7 FTW!!!
  • I wonder how many times Steve Jobs has trashed his office over this.
  • He died.
    Gay Tim Cook became the CEO and 5.5" dcreen sized iPhone was released.
  • I really hope this is true.The sooner Nokia ships WP7 phones the better. They really need to hold off on any OS customizations beyond hardware drivers and a few basic manufacturer-specific apps (LED flashlight), and get phones on the shelves.
  • Microsoft Windows Phones managed to destroy Nokia Devices and Services.
    Number One propped about ten timrs smaller in a few years...right after ditching Symbian, QT and OVI. Finland's economy is struggling...
  • YAY! We're going to be NUMBER 2, someday, in the future, if things go really well...
  • It is the future now...didn't happen...
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