Today’s Second Data Point, Now With Apologies To A Mr Ballmer

Gartner sez Windows Mobile is now in fourth place in the smartphone OS race, with Mac OS X (or whatever you want to call what the iPhone runs) racing past it in Q3. Is Windows Mobile even really relevant any more as anything other than a platform for UIs that get rid of its awful native UI?

Russell’s been banging the “Microsoft’s about to screw up mobile something fierce” drum for a bit. Windows Mobile is looking about as a good a bet for the future of mobile as Palm at this point, while I’m hard pressed to think of any mobile services that MS has really got going for it at this point.

Of course, this is from the company that thought buying Yahoo would be a good strategy to get ahead of Google…

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