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In a statement Microsoft said:
We’ve seen record sales of Windows Phone this holiday worldwide, nearly doubling phone sales during Christmas week (YOY). In the third quarter this year, according to IDC, Windows Phone reinforced its position as a top three smartphone operating system and was the fastest-growing platform among the leading operating systems with 156% year-over-year gain. Windows Phone is the #2 smartphone operating system in 14 markets, and shipped more units than iPhone in 24 markets in Q3. Our portfolio continues to expand: from award-winning flagship devices like the Nokia Lumia 928/1020/1520, to affordable new innovations like the Lumia 520/625/1320 and Huawei W1/W2.
As usual the claim is not hundred percent clear – If Microsoft means record sales for the holiday season they merely need to ship more than 6 million, but if they mean record sales for Windows Phone they need to exceed 9.5 million.
Microsoft did however reveal some solid data – the list of countries where it is outshipping the iPhone, and also the list of countries where it is the number 2 mobile operating system.
|Markets where Windows Phone devices out-shipped the iPhone
|Markets where Windows Phone is currently the number two mobile OS
We should start seeing IDC reports for Q4 2013 by February this year.