Microsoft Windows Phone operating systems may soon become more popular than BlackBerry software, sales data compiled by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows.

Google Android dominates the 'big five' countries of Europe – Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Spain – with 68.5 per cent market share and Apple's iOS is in second place with 14 per cent.

BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) and Windows may now be fighting for the third spot.

Microsoft's platform has gained 1.2 per cent in the last 12 months, meaning it now has five per cent market share.

The surveyors believe that sales of lower-end Windows mobile phones are boosting the company's performance.

RIM's popularity is declining as its share almost halves from 12.2 to 6.4 per cent. The company is struggling – it reported net losses of $235 million in the second quarter of 2012.

RIM will release new BB10 software some time in 2013 and Microsoft's launch of Windows Phone 8 (WP8) is imminent.

The flagship WP8 handset, the HTC 8X, will go on sale November 8th.

Posted by Peter Robinson

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