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For the first time since Microsoft re-imagined its’ mobile platform, Windows Phone has officially overtaken BlackBerry in worldwide market share and become the third mobile ecosystem.

According to IDC, Windows Phone accounted for 3.2% of all smartphones shipped around the world while BlackBerry accounted for 2.9%.
In Q4 2012, BlackBerry claimed 3.2% versus Windows Phones’ 2.6% share, so it’s almost a complete flip around.

This is obviously great news for Microsoft as now more developers should see promise in Windows Phone thus leading bigger apps to come sooner, nobody can forget that Windows Phone still doesn’t have Instagram for example.

BlackBerry have been losing market share hand over fist for the last few years and multiple changes in the companies’ corporate leadership haven’t helped matters at all.

Anrdoid and iOS combined account for 92.3% of the global smartphone market however, with Android claiming 75% of smartphone shipments for Q1 2013 alone, so Windows Phone still has a long, long way to go to really make a difference.

This news comes hot on the heels of the Nokia Lumia 925 being announced, a device which Nokia and Microsoft hope can push Windows Phone into double-digit percentages.

Via: Business Wire

Luke Hoare Greene

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