IDC projects Windows Phone share to be big fat goose egg by 2021


Market watcher IDC anticipates the worldwide smartphone market will bounce back over the next few years from a sluggish 2016, but Microsoft is not expected to take part in that celebration.

In fact, while Android smartphone shipments are projected to edge up from 85% this year to 85.3% in 2021 and Apple iPhones are expected to slip a tad from 14.7% to 14.6%, Windows Phone’s meager 0.1% share in 2017 will drop to 0% if IDC is on the mark.

While Windows Phone’s predecessor, Windows Mobile, led the U.S. market as recently as 10 years ago, iOS and BlackBerry blew by it before long in the United States, and Symbian ruled worldwide until its own decline beginning in 2011.

IDC says Windows Mobile hit 13% of the smartphone shipment market in 2008. Windows Phone, introduced in 2010, had its highest market share in 2013 at 3.3%.

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