All the buzz around its launch of the Windows Phone 7 OS last November, Microsoft continues to fall farther behind rivals Apple and Google in the smartphone market.
Microsoft's share of U.S. smartphone platforms slipped 1.7%, to 8%, during the three months ended Jan. 31, according to market watcher comScore. Over the same period, Google Android's share increased 7.7%, to 31.2%, while Apple's iPhone held steady—increasing .1% to 24.7%.
The new data surely comes as a disappointment to Microsoft, which was counting on Windows Phone 7 to restore its relevance in the increasingly crucial smartphone arena. Backed by a multimillion dollar ad campaign and events around the country, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 devices from HTC, Samsung, LG, and Dell on Nov. 8 with carrier partners AT&T and T-Mobile.The biggest quarterly falloff in market share belonged to Research In Motion, which saw its stake decline 5.4% to 30.4%.