Nevertheless, even without new tablets shipped during the third quarter, Apple was still the top vendor worldwide.
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Microsoft projects Windows Phone will have market share of 15 percent in 2018. IDC projects 10 percent share for Windows Phone in 2017. The old prediction from IDC: 20 percent Windows Phone share in 2015. Keep guessing folks.
Windows Phone now has the third spot and is showing they intend to secure it and challenge Apple's iOS in the coming years.
Slow sales in China have prompted IDC to reduce its first-quarter sales forecast by almost 2 percentage points. However, in the longer term, the PC market should be sustained by businesses upgrading from Windows XP.
IDC says that Android and Apple's iOS are more than 91 percent of the smartphone market now. Can Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 make any dent?
Combined with macroeconomic uncertainty, disappointing demand for Windows 8 devices and media tablets replacing PC cut revenue for PC microprocessors last year, says IDC.
IDC said that new Android tablets and Apple's iPad mini are boosting demand for 2012.
The smartphone market continues to be hot and as we approach the holiday buying season, sales should remain strong. IDC continues to predict that Windows Phone will earn the number three spot behind Android and iOS.
Apple's iPad will remain the top tablet through 2016, but Windows devices will take some share---mostly from Android, says IDC.
Spurred on by technological innovation including the launch of Windows 8, IDC predicts steady growth in the market until 2016 -- but reduced from earlier predictions.
IDC has increased its forecast for sales of media consumption tablets for 2012-16, while predicting a decline in Android's market share. The new forecast also ignores tablets running Microsoft's Windows RT, though the research company says it plans to add these from the next quarter.
IDC has published a white paper that explains "Why Sticking with Windows XP is a Bad Idea". It claims that upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 pays for itself in a year, in increased productivity and reduced support costs, and provides a return on investment (ROI) of 137 percent over three years.
First-quarter figures from IDC show that Microsoft's Windows Phone platform is making inroads against longer-established competitors, such as Android and iOS, by poaching former users of the BlackBerry and Symbian operating systems.Francisco Jeronimo, research manager for European mobile devices at IDC, said that Windows Phone shipments for the first quarter of 2012 were up 156 percent, year-on-year.
2011 saw, according to IDC, Linux servers grow while Windows and Unix servers numbers shrank. In 2012, Linux's server future looks brighter than ever.
IDC's top 10 system software predictions for 2012 are out. One of them casts doubt on Microsoft's potential market for Windows 8 among traditional PC users.
IDC has confirmed that "Samsung became the new leader in the worldwide smartphone market" in the third quarter of 2011, with shipments "topping the 20 million unit mark for the first time". The US-based research company credits both Samsung's Android-based Galaxy range and its Bada-powered smartphones, while noting that it is expected to launch a new Windows Phone handset later this year.
Notebook PCs and media tablets are clearly different beasts, and today, research companies such as Gartner and IDC count them separately. This is easy because the vast majority of notebook PCs run Microsoft Windows on Intel processors, while the vast majority of tablets run Apple's IOS on ARM chips.
IDC is projecting that there will be nearly 1 billion smartphone unit shipped in 2015 and has begun the long tweaking process for its platform standings.
Amid "plateauing" interest in Android among mobile developers, as detailed in the latest quarterly survey by Appcelerator and IDC is some mixed news for Windows Phone.
Both IDC and Gartner have reported weak first quarter sales for the PC industry, and that's likely to translate into some profit headwinds for Microsoft in its fiscal third quarter.