Research shows that Windows Phone now had a market share of 5.0% in Europe for the 12 weeks leading up to September 2nd, an increase of 31.6% from last year. During that same period, RIM's BlackBerry share fell from 12.2% to 6.4% according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Dominic Sunnebo, said,
Windows is making steady progress in the big European economies and is now challenging BlackBerry for third spot in the European OS league. With the momentum Windows 8 will bring towards the end of 2012, it seems highly likely that it will achieve this before the end of the year.
Several Windows Phone 8 devices are to be released before the end of this year, such as the Samsung ATIV S, Nokia Lumia 920, and HTC's Windows Phone 8X. Microsoft will be hoping these devices will push Windows Phone market share higher, and hopefully past BlackBerry OS to put them at third place in the OS wars behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
Source: Mobile Today