The Android-based Thunderbolt

You’d think by this time Microsoft might have regained some of its mojo in mobile. But the latest report from comScore indicates that the company’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system has yet to catch on. Microsoft’s market share for smartphones slipped from nine percent to 7.7 percent between November and February, while Google’s Android jumped seven points to 33 percent of the market. Apple, whose iOS platform powers the iPhone, was relatively flat at 25 percent of the market. (Full chart below).

The report comes out a day after Microsoft reportedly accused Apple and Google of inflating the number of apps now available on their mobile platforms. InformationWeek reports that Brandon Watson, Microsoft’s Windows Phone director, wrote in a blog post this week that Microsoft is focused on quality over quantity when it comes to apps.

“We recognize the importance of getting great apps on our platform and not artificially inflating the number of actual apps available to customers by listing ‘wallpapers’ as a category, or perhaps allowing a competitor’s apps to run on the platform to increase ‘tonnage,'” wrote Watson, which InformationWeek said was a possible reference to the fact that RIM’s PlayBook will run Android apps.

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  • Eric

    Is this worldwide market share or domestic?

    • johnhcook

      It is the U.S. market share numbers.

  • Domainers Gate

    probably WM7 will follow the (already predicted) KIN and ZUNE fate much sooner than expected despite the MS-Nokia agreement and $1 Bn invested in this venture

    MS needs NEW IDEAS to save its WM7 (if it’s not too late) and NOT (or not only) some business agreements, but it seems that they do NOT have them

  • Bob

    Microsoft thinks the telecoms are their customer.

  • Zippysmugdust

    I take one look at my rooted, completely raked Android and instantly know why MS never had a chance in mobile. Would anyone under the age of 74 buy one of those things.


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