Seven months after Microsoft declared it to be a niche business, the Windows is now struggling.
According to data released by research firm Gartner, the Widows phone now has just 1.1 per cent of the market.
That’s a massive drop, down from the 2.8 per cent in the period a year ago. In other words, Microsoft is now selling fewer than half the Windows phones it sold the year before.
It’s also a decline of half a percentage point from the third quarter of 2015.
The data shows there were fewer than 4.4 million of Windows phones in the fourth quarter, a nearly 60 percent year-over-year decline.
Only BlackBerry, Tizen, and other has-been operating systems are lower.
The runaway market leader was Google Android.
It shipped 325 million devices to capture 80.7 percent of the market.
Apple iOS came in a distant second with 17.7 percent market share.
Significantly, the fourth quarter of 2015 marked the first period in which iPhone sales declined.
According to Gartner, Apple counted 71.5 million iPhones shipped for the period, compared to 74.8 million in the previous year.