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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Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Tue 1st Oct 2013 21:34 UTC
Nelson
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2005-11-29

And yet I was ridiculed when I offered a region by region breakdown of Windows Phone marketshare -- or when last year I claimed that the UK (and really, all of Europe) was a bright spot for Windows Phone.

Global share is misleading when you want to track momentum, as it will be a lagging indicator until success is simultaneously replicated across all regions. Which isn't going to happen to a fledging OS.

Where there's smoke there's fire so they say, and it's great to have my analysis validated by KWP's numbers.

Microsoft is a very tenacious competitor with a lot of money, resources -- and political will to continue the fight. They've shown with Xbox they're willing to play a long game -- Windows Phone is much the same. Microsoft will keep pouring money, and plugging away until this thing gains mainstream consumer acceptance.

If you look at it, they have all of the pieces to the puzzle. TV with the Xbox, PCs with Windows (including Tablets), and Phones with Windows Phone. They control the SDK and IDE the apps are developed with and the cloud service they most likely run on. They control the productivity suite used on them and the search engine that powers them.

Nokia's handset division and Surface were the final pieces to the puzzle. Microsoft now controls the end to end experience.

Despite how long it has taken, or may still take Microsoft to get their house in order -- it is still a very formidable house and has a strong value proposition.

Windows Phone is rising, despite what some here may want to believe.

I feel like I should almost eulogize the former Canadian powerhouse BBRY at this point, it's tragic what has happened to them. They had the olive branch from Microsoft and turned it away. They died on their sword, but they still died.

Nokia who did what many here said they shouldn't now has the best selling Windows device, ever, period. Their handset divison (along with 32,000 employees and 8,000 patents) was sold to a technology company with a market cap 280 billion dollars which plans to continue that vision.

BBRY was sold to an investment bank with a market cap that's 5x less than Nokia is worth without their handset division. Just some perspective.

With Q3 financials for Nokia looming, one must wonder, if they sell 9Million+ Lumia devices, how will some here rationalize that double digit sequential increase (I believe what will be the 4th straight quarter of such increases)

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by TBPrince on Tue 1st Oct 2013 22:04 in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
TBPrince Member since:
2005-07-06

Good one.

But there are even more signals of what WP already is. When your competitors start to fight a subtle war (YouTube, Exchange protocol etc.) you know you're on right path.

When latest iOS seems a bad photocopy of Metro, just less polished and worst looking, you know you're on right path.

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