Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 17:24 UTC

2013 was nothing less than a blockbuster success for Windows Phone, which went from industry also-ran to the undisputed third mobile ecosystem, and is poised to challenge iPhone for the number two spot. You didn't think it could get this good? That's OK, neither did I.

Windows Phone seemingly turns a corner with every new application, small operating system update, and new Nokia Lumia. It's turning so many corners it's running in circles.

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"Growth" numbers are useless
by phoenix on Wed 18th Dec 2013 17:48 UTC
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"Growth" numbers only play favourably for the smallest players. Windows Phone shows "150% growth year over year" is meaningless. Going from 1 million to 2.5 million is not that great (150% growth) when the rest of the market is counted in the billions. Sure, Android may only have a miniscule growth percentage, but the actual numbers are orders of magnitude greater.

Having "the fastest growing" anything is nothing more than verbal diarrhea. If I make up a religion with only myself as a member, wait a few months, then get 5 of my friends to join, I can legitimately brag that I have the fastest growing religion around, with over 500% quarter-over-quarter growth! Hoowhee! Yay me!

Let's see some actual numbers for Windows Phones out in the wild, and compare those numbers to iPhones and Android phones. Then you'll see just how badly things are going for MS.

Let me know when they get over a billion phones sold.

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