Windows Phone is finally getting legs in Europe

The dominant story in mobile today has been the latest disastrous news for BlackBerry, so you may have missed some eye-catching figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech regarding the smartphone platform wars in Europe. The market research firm reports that Windows Phone accounted for ten percent of smartphone sales across the five biggest European markets during the three-month period ending in September, and handsets running Microsoft’s operating system actually outsold the iPhone in Italy.

This is just a snapshot, to be sure, and there’s a good chance Apple slows Windows Phone’s roll during the holiday quarter thanks to the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C. But as Computerworld’s Preston Gralla writes, it may not be long before Microsoft is beating Apple on a regular basis in some key European markets. Microsoft has yet to see that kind of success in the U.S., as my colleague David Meyer wrote several weeks ago, but I think that will change as its portfolio of Windows Phone handsets expands and as its expanding user base entices developers to build for the platform. Which is why I don’t agree that Microsoft needs to overhaul its mobile OS in a big way.