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But some of the countries are relatively small markets

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was quick to seize on good news from market analytics firm International Data Corp.'s (IDC) survey of international phone sales.  While the report unsurprisingly showed Android to be the king of virtually every region, the report showed that in some nations Windows Phones are outselling Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone.

But before Apple fans explode with indignation, yes there is a catch.  Windows Phone outsold the iPhone in a smattering of emerging markets, where the high price of Apple's trendy phone is probably a barrier to sales success.  In total Windows Phone led the iPhone in Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and "rest of central and eastern Europe".

The success in India is a pretty big deal because that's going to be a huge smartphone market.  But other regions like Ukraine, South Africa, and "rest of... Europe" (smaller countries) are all markets of 100,000 or less smartphone units annually.

Lumia 520
The Lumia 520 [Image Source: Nokia]

The arrival of low-end Windows Phone devices -- namely Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1VLumia 520/620 -- has certainly boosted Windows Phone.  Much like Android, Microsoft and its third-party hardware partners appear to be starting their assault on the iPhone at the low-end.  While today's flagship Android phones put the iPhone's hardware to shame, the earliest Androids were largely budget devices.

It remains to be seen, though, whether Windows Phone can duplicate Android's successful creep into the high-end of the market.  Microsoft is betting big on the Windows Phone Blue refresh, which will likely be the next major platform refresh.  That update is expected to land sometime in the October/November window.  The good news for Windows Phone 8 device owners is that Microsoft reportedly will be supporting current generation devices in the upgrade this time around.

Source: Microsoft [TechNet]

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RE: Good progress...
By Reclaimer77 on 3/30/2013 2:25:24 PM , Rating: 1
This is really showing that you have never used a Windows Phone. You can choose a tile to act as a notifier for WHATEVER you want. I have my SMS, and two email accounts set up as live tiles. I can glance at the screen to see if I have any messages and if I do I can read them with two taps.

???? WOW amazing.

Let me get this straight, to see notifications I have to first unlock my phone. Then view a dedicated notification tile to view them?

With Android my phone has a dedicated LED light that tells me I have notifications without me even having to turn on the screen to know they are there. This is especially useful for occasions where I need my phone to be silent. Or especially if I was a deaf person. From there I can view my notices from the unlock screen, without even having to unlock the phone. Now this is important, with Jelly Bean I can now view the entire contents of the notification, even the email sender, subject, and message, and my phone is still locked.

Also with Android you have dedicated screen space for notifications, making for a more consistent experience than WP or iOS. Seriously I don't know anyone who doesn't at least concede that Android has always lead the industry with it's pull-down notification system, LED alerts, and lock screen integration.

Sorry but if I don't have WP experience, you clearly don't have Android experience. The way Android handles notifications is far superior, second to none. This isn't an opinion, but a quantified fact. And please don't pull a fanboi and call the notification lamp LED a "gimmick", that's loser talk. Or claim you love unlocking your phone every time just to view notices.

As these contracts expire and more Windows Phone options become available, it is likely that more people will gravitate toward it because it is such a well-designed mobile OS.

Well that time is past, because of Microsoft's apathy toward their own products, the absolute worst thing has happened to Windows Phone. A resurgent and surprisingly well polished Blackberry. Their market share is still increasing over WP, and the Z10 is selling faster than any Windows Phone ever has.

Microsoft had a chance, a real chance, to make headway in this market. But they fumbled it and maybe everyone but you knows this.

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