Microsoft Is Losing Market Share It Can't Afford To Lose

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft (MSFT) is losing valuable Windows Phones market share, according to Kantar WorldPanel, a negative mark for the company, as it tries to expand the use of Windows amongst all devices.

According to the latest figures from the May 2014 Smartphone OS Market Share infographic Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS is declining, coming in at 3.8% for the latest survey, down from 4.7% last year, a decline of more than 20%.

In the United States, Google's (GOOG) Android operating system now stands at 61.9% of the market, up from 52% a year earlier. Apple's (AAPL) iOS registered 32.5% in May down from 41.9% in May 2013. BlackBerry (BBRY) came in holding 1.3% of the domestic market.

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Similar results were seen in Germany, Europe's largest smartphone market. Android now commands 80.9% of the market there, up from 77.9% in the year ago period, while iOS slipped to 12.1% from 13.7%, and Windows Phone fell to 5.9%, down from 6.2%. In Brazil, Android is up to an 87.3% share, iOS is down slightly to 4% and Windows Phone's share remained flat at 5.5%.

In the world's largest market, China, Android now powers 82.6% of all smartphones sold while iOS handsets dropped to 14.7% from 23.8%, and Windows Phones nearly dropped off the chart going to 0.6% from 3% a year ago.

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