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February 15, 2012



Microsoft and Nokia mobile platforms are ‘dead’

Report on job prospects is bleak
By Robert Jaques
Mon Feb 27 2012, 00:05
RESEARCH PREDICTS that "Android will beat the Iphone ecosystem" this year, while other players including Research in Motion (RIM), Nokia and Microsoft are dead in the water.
According to an analysis of vacancies posed on outsourcing marketplace, mobile phone jobs were the fastest growing online job category with a 216 per cent increase to 12,262 jobs in 2011. Android jobs ended 2011 by growing 163 per cent to 7,431 jobs, double the Iphone's 81 per cent growth rate to 12,527 jobs.
From current growth rates, the research estimates the number of new applications developed on Android will overtake those on the Iphone in the fourth quarter of 2012.
While Apple and Android slug it out for the honours, Freelancer's study cheerfully notes that the "Nokia and Microsoft mobile platforms are dead". Microsoft was down 29 per cent to 888 jobs, Symbian down 34 per cent to 349 jobs and Nokia down 44 per cent to 488 jobs. All three recorded significant negative growth for the year and dropped to negligable job levels.
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@Eurofan, well played. I think the jobs market tells a pretty clear picture of where it is going. Android jobs at 9x WP7 jobs, with Android gaining and WP7 losing. All those people that paint a rosy picture of the future for WP7, I would like to see some facts... the ecosystem is losing market share, even with Nokia pitching in... I would like to know where growth is supposed to be coming from after 1 year of stagnation and decline.


Hi Tomi,

I hope you read this post.

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Late to read this post, but still want to thank Tomi for the numbers and effort!

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