It seems that the partnership Between Windows Phone 7 (WP7), and Nokia that has been establish began to deliver its fruits very early. Gartner group has released a new market study that declare their predictions of the Smartphone OS market till 2015.
Gartner has predicted that by 2015, WP7 will be the second most commonly used OS over Smartphone surpassing Apple’s IOS.
With a Market size that will exceed 1 Billion Device by 2015, Gartner predicts that Nokia will push Windows Phone well into the mid-tier of its portfolio by the end of 2012, driving the platform to be the third largest in the worldwide ranking by 2013. Gartner has revised its forecast of Windows Phone’s market share upward, solely by virtue of Microsoft’s alliance with Nokia. Although this is an honorable performance it is considerably less than what Symbian had achieve in the past underlying the upward battle that Nokia has to face.
Source: Gartner (April 2011)
From my point of view, this will not only affect WP7 as an Operating system, but also, it will pushes Visual Studio as one of the most supported Developer’s platform for Smartphone Application development.
Gartner’s detailed forecast is available in the report “Forecast: Mobile Communications Devices by Open Operating System, Worldwide, 2008-2015.” The report is available on Gartner’s website at www.gartner.com/resId=1619615.
Source: Gartner, Inc.