At least three major research firms believe that Windows Phone will overtake iOS by 2015, but peering that far into the mobile ecosystem’s future is damn near impossible. We can, however, get an idea of what will be happening in the next few months, and StatCounter predicts that Windows Phone will overtake BlackBerry very soon.
According to WMPowerUser, Microsoft’s mobile platform will surpass BlackBerry in the United States by November of this year. However, that has very little to do with Windows Phone’s success, and far more to do with BlackBerry’s almost impressive failure.
Both Samsung and Nokia, two major Windows Phone players, are expected to release a new round of WP-powered smartphones in the next few months, while BlackBerry 10 is said to launch before the end of the year. In either case, the U.S. market is all but officially lost to RIM, so the new WP handsets should help Microsoft surge past the beleaguered Waterloo handset maker .
Whether or not Windows Phone will eventually overtake iOS is another question entirely. It doesn’t seem likely based on what we know now, but Windows 8 may propel the soon-to-be number three OS further up in the ranks.
Windows Phone 7 is the successor of the Windows Mobile 6.5 mobile operating system in development by Microsoft, scheduled for release by October 2010. Microsoft’s goal is to create a compelling and predictable user experience by redesigning the user interface, disallowing partners to modify or replace it, integrating the operating system with other services, and strictly controlling the hardware it runs on.
Research In Motion (RIM) is a Canadian designer, manufacturer and marketer of wireless devices and solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. The company is best known as the developer of the BlackBerry smart phone. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM was founded in 1984. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company has offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
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