Windows Mobile loses nearly a third of market share

Smartphones that use Apple's, Research In Motion's, and Google's operating systems are draining Microsoft's mobile market share.

Windows Mobile lost 28 percent of its smartphone market share between last year's third quarter and this year's third quarter, according to market researcher Gartner.

Figures released Thursday by Gartner show that Microsoft's mobile OS had 11 percent of the global smartphone market in Q3 2008. A year later, it had 7.9 percent. Meanwhile, the iPhone's share rose from 12.9 percent to 17.1 percent, and Research In Motion's share jumped from 16 percent to 20.8 percent.

Symbian's share fell from 49.7 percent to 44.6 percent over the same period--a 10 percent drop.

Read more of "Windows Mobile loses nearly a third of market share" at ZDNet UK.

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