Microsoft handset movements to rise from 30m in 2012 to 138m in 2016.
Portio Research has forecast more dark times for ailing RIM, with Microsoft set to ship more Windows Phone-powered smartphones than BlackBerry in 2014, while they will overtake Nokia's Symbian this year. Of course, the latter is perhaps unsurprising, given that Nokia has adopted WinPho for its flagship Lumia line.
WinPho smartphone shipments are estimated to have reached 30m last year, and are expected to hit 138m for 2016, which will see the OS in third place behind Android and iOS from 2014 onwards.
Android secured a 54 per cent share of Western European shipments by OS in 2012, rising slightly from 50 per cent, while iOS increased from 23 per cent to 24 per cent. Meanwhile, BlackBerry declined from 14 per cent to ten per cent year-on-year, as WinPho grew from one per cent to seven per cent.
When observing Eastern Europe, Android leads again to rise from 53 per cent in 2011 to 61 per cent in 2012, while Symbian fell significantly from 23 per cent to seven per cent.
iOS repeated the Western European performance in the East with a marginal climb from 12 to 13 per cent, though BlackBerry dropped from 11 to seven per cent as WinPho leapt from one to 11 per cent.
Huawei earlier debuted its first Windows Phone handset at CES, which boasts 20 days of standby time, while RIM is set to release its BlackBerry 10 OS at the end of the month, something of a last stand against the competition.