Market research firm Gartner has revealed that the upcoming Windows Phone 7 may gain some ground in the short term only to lose even more in the long run.
It said in its website: “Gartner predicts the release of Windows Phone 7 will help bump Microsoft’s share of the worldwide market from 4.7 per cent in 2010 to 5.2 per cent in 2011, but says the company’s share will ultimately decline to just 3.9 per cent by 2014.
By then, Microsoft will badly trail virtually every other major mobile OS developer.”
It’s probably not the kind of news Microsoft is hoping for ahead of the official launch of Windows Phone 7 in less than a week.
The software giant from Redmond has already lost a large chunk of the smartphone pie to the likes of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems.
Windows Phone 7 is widely regarded as the company’s last chance to get back into the running, but that it will not be easy, not only for myriad challenges it faces in convincing consumers to opt for its platform, but for grim forecasts such as this.
Gartner predicts that Nokia’s Symbian OS, which is also struggling to face off intense competition, will retain its number one position in the market in 2014, with a 30.2 per cent share.
That places it only marginally ahead of Android which will command a 29.6 per cent stake - an astonishing leap from 17.7 per cent in 2010 and just 3.9 per cent last year.