The latest numbers from comScore Networks show Microsoft’s share of U.S. smartphone subscribers slipping again, to 5.6 percent for the three months ending in September. But the Redmond company can at least take solace in the fact that the rate of decline seems to be slowing.

The result is down a mere two-tenths of a percentage point from June  — a minuscule decline compared with the multiple-digit setbacks experienced by Microsoft over the past couple years. Microsoft had nearly 20 percent of the U.S. market just two years ago.

Microsoft is no doubt hoping that this is rock bottom, with the widely praised Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” now on the market, and the company’s Nokia partnership promising to bring some snazzy new devices to the U.S. next year.

Our recent poll offers a glimmer of hope, albeit a very faint one. It’s wholly unscientific and completely self-selecting, but more than 30 percent of respondents to our informal survey said Mango was the tipping point that would get them to buy a Windows Phone.

But in the meantime, Google continues to charge ahead, jumping to nearly 45 percent of the market in September, up from 40 percent in June, according to the comScore data. Apple rose more modestly, to 27.4 percent. Here’s a look at the chart.

Comments

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VLV3FIQ4HWJK26A2K2JDQROPSQ mani

    Thanks for the detailed info and I think its not a good news for Microsoft. But I hope its going to change. WP as a device sure has to evolve(new/better hardwares) but as a experience(UI, OS) I think WP is quite ahead of other OS’s. Because when I buy a phone I want it to be future proof(atleast for the next 18 months). The hardware(HTC, Samsung, Nokia, etc..,) that I see today on WP are good for now but not future proof(more RAM, more MEMORY, better SCREENS, better PROCESSORS, good GRAPHICS, NFC etc..,)–you get the point. So, I will be using my Samsung Focus Windows Phone untill I see better hardwares form MS OEM partners.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VLV3FIQ4HWJK26A2K2JDQROPSQ mani

    Thanks for the detailed info and I think its not a good news for Microsoft. But I hope its going to change. WP as a device sure has to evolve(new/better hardwares) but as a experience(UI, OS) I think WP is quite ahead of other OS’s. Because when I buy a phone I want it to be future proof(atleast for the next 18 months). The hardware(HTC, Samsung, Nokia, etc..,) that I see today on WP are good for now but not future proof(more RAM, more MEMORY, better SCREENS, better PROCESSORS, good GRAPHICS, NFC etc..,)–you get the point. So, I will be using my Samsung Focus Windows Phone untill I see better hardwares form MS OEM partners.

  • Anonymous

    has anyone looked at the japanese models of WP7? those are really cute.

  • Anonymous

    has anyone looked at the japanese models of WP7? those are really cute.

  • Anonymous

    I stopped by a Tmobile store in San Antonio a few days ago to touch and feel the HTC Radar. The phone was elegantly displayed under a light stand (first time I have seen that in a store). Plus, the store rep mentioned that she just underwent sales training on the WP phones and even had expressed excitement about the Radar. That threw me off in a good way :)  So, I think Microsoft’s marketing push is paying off already on the vendor-front. Recently, I saw that M$ is providing app gift card money to new customers for $25. That is another excellent idea (should’ve been done earlier). I think the effectiveness of this two-pronged marketing approach, along with visible commercials and a growing number of useful apps in the marketplace, could equate to a positive shift in market share within the next 2-3 months.  Let’s take a more critical and balanced look after Christmas….so January or February! :)

  • Guest

    MS=Failboat.

  • Guest

    A lot of my friends are sensitive to phone purchase price so the $50 Windows Phone makes sense for them,

  • Conor Raypholtz

    there should be a drop in sales, with the new phones coming out soon you would expect to see people backing off untill there arival. btw anyone else notice the overall sales of smartphones somhow lost 0.4%?

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