Looking back at 2012, it really was a breakthrough year for Windows Phone. It was the year the OS reached hardware feature parity with other operating systems and the OS showed itself to be a permanent feature on the mobile pantheon, rather than a fly by night one like WebOS, Bada, Meego and the many others which have tried to break through but failed.
The result has been steadily increasing support by 3rd party developers, even if all the biggest apps are not there yet. While the numbers are not there yet, in terms of mind share it has definitely become the 3rd operating system.
So what does 2013 hold? Likely much of the same really, but now building on a solid foundation of a successful 2012.
Windows Phone 8 bug fixes will continue to roll out.
DLNA will come to Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets
Windows Phone 7.8 will roll out
Windows Phone will come to Sprint
Pandora is released for Windows Phone
Windows Phone gets a major update which includes a notification centre, VPN support and SkyDrive music locker.
New, high quality non-casual games are announced at E3
Nokia becomes profitable. HTC becomes loss-making.
Nokia releases a 808 Pureview-type Windows Phone and another range of low-end Windows Phones.
Windows Phone 9 is announced
The next generation of Windows Phone handsets start leaking
Instagram comes to Windows Phone, but its popularity has already started fading. In general however apps only take 6 months rather than 12 months to make the jump to Windows Phone.
Windows Phone hits 250,000 apps
New Windows Phone 9 handsets are released, supports 1080P
This time Windows Phone 8 handsets actually get an update to the new OS.
Surface 2 gets released.
Microsoft Surface Phone released
Xbox 720 released
BBC iPlayer released
Windows Phone market share hits 10% or around 30 million per quarter.
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