Windows Mobile Losing Market Share

Franz Bicar

Microsoft has lost another battle in the mobile market as its Windows Mobile Operating System lost 28 percent market share. According to researcher Gartner, WinMo lost a significant percentage between last year’s third quarter and this year’s third quarter. Going strong, however, is Apple’s iPhone OS and Research in Motion proprietary OS software.

Windows Mobile originally had 11 percent market share as of last year, now, its down to only 7.9 percent. Apple’s iPhone OS rose from 12.9 percent to 17.1 percent while RIM’s share leaped from 16 percent to 20.8 percent. Significantly, we can see that Microsoft is in the losing side if they don’t make some crucial moves soon.

Windows Mobile isn’t the only loser in the released research results. Symbian, the market leader, also lost significantly. Its shares fell from 49.7 percent to 44.6 percent over the same period. The open-source Android OS from Google had no market share in Q3 2008 because it had only recently been introduced. In Q3 2009, however, it had 3.9 percent share.

Smartphones being released left and right is obviously favoring Google’s Open Source Operating System. If Microsoft won’t make drastic changes to its Windows Mobile OS, then all will be lost. Hopefully, the much anticipated Windows Mobile 7 will deliver and carry MS back up into the fight.

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