Here’s more challenging news for Microsoft in the highly competitive smartphone arena. The latest report from comScore — a survey of more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers — found that Microsoft’s share slipped to 3.6 percent during the three-month period ended in August.

Meanwhile, Google and Apple continued to gain share, mainly at the expense of RIM, which saw its share decline by 3.1 percent.

According to the survey, more than 234 million Americans used mobile devices, with Samsung the top choice for handset maker with a 25.7 percent share. LG finished second with an 18.2 percent share, followed by Apple at 17.1 percent.

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  • GatheringGloom

    I wonder how much of this is due to the upcoming Win Phone 8? Who in their right mind would buy an orphaned 7 anymore?

    • Mike E. Delta

      I WOULD!!! lol =D

    • AliasA$$hat

      Probably not even bitter ex-employees ;-)

    • Matt Wass de Czege

      This is active subscribers, not new purchases, so this reflects people dropping their Win phone for something else.

  • guest

    You either ship or you fall behind.

  • Guest

    We expect that Windows Phone 8 will be the catalyst for future growth. Today, Windows Phone represents a platform that is good, but not ideal.

    • guest

      Which is what WP7 was supposed to do but failed. So what, we just keep moving the goalposts? If WP* simillarly fails do we hold out for the promise of WP9?

  • Guest

    Ouch. I guess the question is which will come first: IBM’s market cap overtaking MSFT or WP dropping below 3%?

    • guest

      The former, troll. Obviously.

      • Guest

        No, both plausible.

        A loss of .4 % this quarter to 3.6%. Two more quarters like this and they’ll drop below 3% to 2.8%.

        As far as market cap: At today’s close, there’s a difference of $8,851,649,020. IBM has 1,142,775,000 shares outstanding. A rise of $7.75 will put them past MSFT. On a stock priced at $209.84, they only need a 3.6% rise.

        • Guest

          Or, as I do more math, MSFT need to only lose about $1.10 a share (a 3.7% drop). It was in that price range around June.

          • guest

            Is English your second language? You asked a question. I said the former would occur first, and it will.

  • Guest

    Microsoft’s share is the same as it was the previous month, so you missed this drop when it actually occurred.

  • guest

    And some wonder why Google passed MS on valuation…

  • guest

    The title of this article should be “US” share falls. There are other markets and my understanding is that there have been gains in some of those. Not trying to minimize the negative US data point, because it’s certainly bad. But I think overall accuracy is important.

  • guest

    In 2008 Ballmer was board-tasked with improving MS’s position in smartphones and tablets as part of his “reprimand”. It’s now 2012 and MS’s share in both has actually declined despite billions spent on new products, launches, etc.

    Is MS’s board ever going to get serious about accountability? A ten year head start in phones and tablets has been blown through arrogance, competitive misjudgment, and failed execution of epic proportions. Growth is at an effective standstill. The company is clearly being disrupted despite constantly denying it. And Apple and Google, who were barely on the radar when Ballmer took over a dominant MS, are now more valuable, growing much faster, and are better positioned for the future even though MS has outspent them in R&D combined since 2000. Nearly a trillion dollars in incremental shareholder value has been created by Apple and Google while Ballmer has presided over the destruction of $350 billion. Even Microsoft’s co-founder, Paul Allen, is on record saying MS needs to accelerate product development in order to better compete against Google and Apple.

    What has been allowed to happen to this company over the last decade, particularly the past five years, is embarassing and shameful.

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