There never seems to be any good news for Blackberry. Earlier this week the Canadian handset maker said it was considering "strategic alternatives," which means it will be put up for sale. According to a Globe and Mail column, Fairfax (a financial holding firm) may be interested in acquiring the dying company.
But, what's bad news for Blackberry is good news for Microsoft. For the first time, Windows Phone has overtaken Blackberry. Microsoft now holds a 3.3 percent market share of handsets, with Blackberry sliding to 2.6 percent. Windows phone sales are also up 46.5 percent year over year. However, Telegraph columnist Theo Merz still thinks Microsoft has a lot of work to do in emerging markets.
The biggest growth area for smartphone handsets was Asia, with a reported rise in sales of 74.1 per cent, followed by Latin America and Eastern Europe, with rises of 55.7 per cent and 31.6 per cent respectively.
With Blackberry effectively out of the way, it might be a little easier for Microsoft to gain attention, since it's now the only third option after Android and iOS.