A fierce battle is raging among smartphone industry contenders this year, but Microsoft thinks the war has already been won. In an interview with Verge, senior Windows Phone product manager Larry Lieberman said that Microsoft’s mobile platform is “solidly the third ecosystem right now. That’s a huge announcement in some respects.” While Windows Phone took the lead in the first quarter this year, the platform’s global market share is still neck and neck with BlackBerry. Microsoft is unafraid, however. ”I don’t think they can bring to the table some of the things we have,” Lieberman said. “The fact like we’re delivering across such a different set of price points to such a large audience.” BlackBerry’s first low-cost BlackBerry 10 smartphone, the Blackberry Q5, is set to launch next month.
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