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Microsoft gets 48.1% PDA OS market share in Q3 2004

In Q3 2004 Microsoft became an unquestioned leader of the PDA OS market, growing its market share to 48.1%, with the closest leader, PalmOS taking 29.

In Q3 2004 Microsoft became an unquestioned leader of the PDA OS market, growing its market share to 48.1%, with the closest leader, PalmOS taking 29.8% of the sales.

Preliminary Worldwide PDA Shipment Estimates by Operating System for Q3 2004 (Units)

Q3 2004                 Q3 2003
Q3 2004    Market        Q3 2003    Market   Growth
Company             Shipments   Share(%)  Shipments    Share(%)   (%)
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Windows CE          1,375,866     48.1    1,037,874     41.2     32.6
Palm OS               850,821     29.8    1,181,202     46.9    -28.0
Research In Motion    565,000     19.8      123,775      4.9    356.5
Linux                  24,500      0.9       48,550      1.9    -49.5
Others                 42,620      1.5      125,745      5.0    -66.1
Total               2,858,807    100.0    2,517,146    100.0     13.6
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Note: Totals do not include smartphones such as the Treo 600 or BlackBerry 7100 but include wireless PDAs such as the iPAQ 6315.

Source: Gartner Dataquest (November 2004)