Windows Phones to double in the next 4 years, says analyst
Microsoft hasn’t really found the success that it aimed for with its Windows Phone platform. The company that once ruled the mobile space almost a decade ago has barely found a spot in third place after years of dramatic changes, and if you measure the difference between its current numbers and the second place (iOS), the future seems grim. If you’re wondering how well will the platform perform over the next couple of years, the answer could be good or bad depending on how you see it.
IDC has just provided its official numbers after a few little teasers we came across a few days ago. At the moment Windows Phone remains in third place with 2.7% when compared to iOS at 13.8% and Android at 82.3%. The IDC predicts that this number will double in the next four years, but that isn’t necessarily good as it would still leave Windows Phone in third place with 5.7%, and all at the expense of iOS and Android, which would both drop to 12.8% and 80% respectively.
Obviously the difference between that and reality could be significant over the next couple of years, mainly because of how dynamic the smartphone market is. Just like Microsoft was selling millions of phones before the iPhone, and then things changed dramatically, the same could happen one more time.