Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Oct 2013 17:18 UTC, submitted by Hiev
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to August 2013, shows Windows Phone has posted its highest ever sales share of 9.2% across the five major European markets* and is now within one percentage point of iOS in Germany. Android remains the top operating system across Europe with a 70.1% market share, but its dominant position is increasingly threatened as growth trails behind both Windows and iOS.

Good news for Microsoft - bad news for Apple. Of course, we'll have to see how the iPhone 5S and 5C affect these numbers.

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It's too soon to write off W8 phones...
by neruson on Wed 2nd Oct 2013 23:42 UTC
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With the downfall of BlackBerry I don't see Windows phones going anywhere. I doubt they will ever rival Android or iOS in the general consumer market, but if they play their cards right I could see them as the dominant smartphone for the enterprise market. It's a brand name business's trust and has always been Microsoft's bread and butter.

Windows phones are actually pretty nice. My roommate has one and I've played with it a lot. Being a Linux user for 10+ years I prefer Android devices personally, but I'd like see Windows and Firefox (they seem to be targeting low end devices from what I've seen - it's a good niche for them to fill) do well. More competition means better products.

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