Windows Phone surpasses iPhone in China with 7% market share

Emerce.nl reports that Windows Phone 7 has taken China by storm in the short time it’s been available. According to Microsoft, despite spending only two months on Chinese shelves, Windows Phone now accounts for roughly 7 percent of the country’s smartphone market, exceeding even Apple’s iPhone, which has a 6 percent slice.

Michel van der Bel, Microsoft’s COO of the Greater China Region, said of Windows Phone’s incredible traction:

We’ve only just begun. Our smartphone and tablet-pc are hybrid, making them suitable for the consumer, but also easy to insert within an existing company infrastructure. This will allow us to better anticipate the consumerization of IT than many competitors.

While Windows Phone’s nearly instant success comes as a surprise, its popularity doesn’t. IDCpredicted in June of last year that Windows Phone would overtake the iPhone in China, but the market researchers thought the power shift would take much longer than it has.

Windows Phone also recently surpassed the iPhone in Russia.

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