Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 market share continues to dip, lagging Android and Apple's iPhone, according to a new report from research firm comScore.
Windows Phone 7 a viable platform?
recent deal with Nokia, which will see Windows Phone 7 ported onto the latter's
smartphones, suggests that the software will have a market presence for some
years to come. And ahead of its MIX11
conference, Microsoft has taken to the
public channels to tout Windows Phone as the ideal environment for
But new numbers from analytics firm comScore
that Microsoft's share of the smartphone market dipped to 7.7 percent for the
three months ending in February. That's down from 9 percent in November 2010,
and enough to place Windows Phone far behind Google Android, Apple's iOS, and
Research In Motion's BlackBerry franchise.
7's growing pains have been well documented. A February software update,
designed to help with future updates, stalled a small number of users'
smartphones and sparked two days' worth of drama on Microsoft's online help
forums. In the wake of that mini-incident, Microsoft seemed to take a more
cautious route with "NoDo," its March update.
consultation with the team and our many partners, we've decided to briefly hold
the March update in order to ensure the update process meets our standards and
that of our customers," a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in a March 10 email to
eWEEK. "As a result, we will plan to begin delivering the update in the latter
half of March."
cut-and-paste functionality, "NoDo" features tweaks to Messaging, WiFi, Outlook
and application loading. But for many users, the latter half of March ticked by
without an update-forcing Microsoft to issue a pair of charts detailing the
update status for devices in both the United States
and around the world
. The chart broke the update path
into three categories:
, i.e., the
update is undergoing network and quality tests.
i.e., Microsoft is scheduling the update for delivery-a process the charts
suggest will take "10 days or less."
i.e., the smartphone could receive the update within the next "several weeks."
By March 27,
no Windows Phone 7 devices in the United States had reached the "delivering"
stage for either the March or the revised February update. That ignited a fresh
round of user anger, which Microsoft executives tried to extinguish.
"We know the
table would benefit greatly from more detail, and we are hoping to add more to
it by working with the operators who own the -testing' phase to get more
clarity," Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president and director of
Windows Phone program management, wrote in comments posted on the
Microsoft-owned Channel 9
Website. "If your phone is shown in
-scheduling,' it'll be worth checking the tablet next week."
beginning of April, all Windows Phone 7 devices in the United States had
entered the "testing" or "delivering" stage. Some analysts had also begun
suggesting that developers were indeed looking at Microsoft's platform as a viable one for development
. But other challenges
doubtlessly await. Microsoft can take some hope in the recent prediction from
research firm IDC, that Windows Phone 7 will eventually surpass both RIM and
Apple to become the second-ranked smartphone operating system by 2015