As time goes on, the smartphone market is generally a two horse race between Apple (iOS) and Samsung (Android) but Microsoft is comitted to gaining the third place in this market. In the third quarter of this year it managed to make some advances in Europes biggest markets. Germany, the UK and France.

The share of the Windows Phone platform nearly doubled in all three countries, with the share in the  UK almost tripling. In the UK, Microsoft’s share was 12%, up from 4.5% in the last quater. Over in France, it accoutned for 10.8% of the market, up from 5.6% and in Germany the growth was from 3.8% to 8.8%.

However, in two other European markets, Italy and Spain, Windows Phone did not do as well. In Spain, Microsoft saw their share grow marginally from 2.1% to 2.2%. In Italy, their share actually declined from 10.3% to 9.5%.


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