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nokia-lumia-920t-yellowIn a battle that has really just been joined for the third best-selling smartphone platform, Windows Phone from Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) has wrestled away third place from the precursor to BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY), Research in Motion Ltd. The latest data from Strategy Analytics notes that this is the first time Microsoft has ranked ahead of BlackBerry since 2006.

Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) have locked up the top two positions. Last month Strategy Analytics said that Google’s Android platform took 70% of global smartphone shipments in 2012, while Apple’s iOS grabbed 22%. Android’s share of the total market is more than 50%, while Apple’s share is around 35%.

The new data was gathered before the release of BlackBerry 10 in late January, after Microsoft’s platform had been on the market for about two months. So the comparison…

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