CRYSTAL BALL GAZERS at IHS have predicted that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 (WP7) mobile operating system will overtake Apple's IOS in 2015.
The firm has released a report estimating that WP7 will squeeze into second position in terms of market share in shipments. It said that this will be largely down to the efforts of Finnish firm Nokia.
Wayne Lam, senior analyst for wireless communications at IHS said, "Combined with Nokia's efforts to drive the development of the Windows Phone ecosystem, the Lumia 900 and its successors will help Microsoft to reclaim its No. 2 ranking in smartphone operating system market share in 2015."
Microsoft will only be 0.1 per cent ahead of its fruit themed rival with a 16.7 per cent share. This will represent a gain of 14.8 per cent market share for WP7 and a loss of 1.4 per cent for IOS.
Meanwhile IHS estimates predict that Google's Android operating system will steadily grow over the coming years. In 2015 IHS predicts it will boast a healthy lead over the competition with 58.1 per cent market share, a growth of 10.7 per cent.
IHS predicts that other mobile operating systems, including Research in Motion's Blackberry OS, Samsung's Bada and Symbian will collectively lose market share between now and 2015, falling from 32.7 per cent to just 8.6 per cent. µ