Windows Phone to Top BlackBerry in U.S. by Year’s End

Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has been slow to make gains in the U.S. thanks to the market-dominating Android and iOS operating systems, but new data suggests that Windows Phone might at least best RIM’s BlackBerry in the U.S. by year’s end.

Over the weekend, WMPoweruser.com said that data from StatCounter suggests that Windows Phone market share in the U.S. will surpass that of RIM’s BlackBerry by Nov. 2012.

The blog made an estimation based on trends in StatCounter data and said the move will cement Windows Phone as a “very minor” third player in the U.S. mobile OS market.

StatCounter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

RIM, however, has been struggling for some time in the U.S., so a gain for Windows Phone in the U.S. at the expense of BlackBerry is more a function of RIM’s demise than Microsoft’s success. Still, Redmond is prepping to unveil its updated Windows Phone 8 OS alongside the Windows 8 operating system, so things could pick up for the nascent platform.

According to recent data from Gartner, RIM dropped from 11.7 percent global market share to 5.2 percent from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012. Microsoft’s mobile platform, however, saw an increase from 1.6 percent to 2.7 percent during the same time period.

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