Microsoft’s(s msft) Windows Phone 8 operating system is due out before year end and it may build upon momentum of the prior version. According to research firm Canalys, Microsoft-powered phone shipments for the second quarter were up 277 percent from the prior year. With Windows 8 using the same interface as phones running Microsoft software, perhaps there’s light at the end of the transition tunnel.
There’s one caveat to the data, which estimates shipments of phones to carriers, not sales of phones to consumers. So if there are huge stockpiles of Windows Phone devices on store shelves or in warehouses, the situation isn’t entirely positive. But I haven’t heard of any Windows Phone partners writing off handset inventory of late, even though a recent survey of 30,000 in the U.S. from ComScore show a 0.1 percent drop for Windows Phone.
What is a positive development is that at…
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