Microsoft’s awful Windows Mobile hemorrhages nearly a third of its market share

“Windows Mobile lost 28 percent of its smartphone market share between the third quarter of 2008 and the third quarter of 2009, according to analysis from Gartner,” David Meyer reports for ZDNet UK.

MacDailyNews Take: “I like our strategy. I like it a lot.” – Ballmer T. Clown, January 2007 after Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled iPhone.

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What you see above is an accidental billionaire; the recipient of the most fortuitous dorm assignment in history; a buffoon with no vision and no plan for the future. May he remain Microsoft’s CEO for as long as it takes!

Meyer continues, “According to figures released by Gartner on Thursday, Microsoft’s mobile operating system had 11 percent of the global smartphone market in Q3 2008. A year later, it had 7.9 percent of the market, while the iPhone’s share had risen from 12.9 percent to 17.1 percent.”

“Symbian’s market share fell from 49.7 percent to 44.6 percent over the same period — a 10 percent drop,” Meyer reports. “The open-source Android operating system did not have any market share in Q3 2008, as it had only recently been introduced. In Q3 2009, however, it had a market share of 3.9 percent of the smartphone market… RIM’s share [rose] from 16 percent to 20.8 percent… Palm’s WebOS had 1.1 percent, and other Linux-based mobile operating systems had 4.7 percent.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]


  1. One more reason why Jobs tightly controls every message ever communicated from Apple. Like Ballmer probably figured out, these kind of unthought remarks can come back and hunt you.

  2. To be fair the smartphone market is exploding, so that % drop may not actually equate to a drop in sales. All it means is that Microsoft are falling behind the other players, but we all knew that anyway.

  3. Yup, Ballhead is not the only person that liked his statergy. So did Apple, Palm, RIMM, Nokia, and Google.
    Ballhead must really love to be liked by so many of his competitors. To bad most of the employee’s that have been laid off or going to be are not feeling the same love.
    Ballhead- WE LOVE YOU- pilot that ship full steam ahead. You got a clear, cold, and glass smooth ocean. It is all clear for your ship.
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  4. M$ had a mobile display (balloon like, probably filled with hot air) touting WinMo, with three t-shirted 20 somethings in attendance, outside the ATnT store at the local mall. They were handing out something but nobody was stopping.

  5. Dave H – True, but Market Share! Market Share! Market Share! is all Ballmer has ever talked about. He’s not about to switch to talking about unit growth or profit or stock performance or any of that other nonsense now.

  6. @Dave H.

    True, but if you stagnate in an exploding market, that’s essentially the same as shrinking.
    I’m not sure if it’s a oneway-road for WinMo from here on (down the sink-hole of history). But it’s going to take them an almost super-heroic effort to get out of this pit.
    And it’s as unclear if they have the people + leadership to go through this.
    If they fail, though, it’s really going to be the beginning of the end and you can mark Jan 9th, 2007 as the day it all started.

  7. I was at a meeting of seven people yesterday, all long-time friends. Intended to be an hour long over lunch, two of the guys had just gotten iPhones (PC guys too). Before thirty minutes had passed, the meeting turned into a “and look at this app” session.

    Like kids with new toys. I saw one guy pull out an ancient flip phone with chagrine, and someone said, “Is that a pager?”

    Tipping point.

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