Although global sales of PDAs dropped in the first quarter, the battle for handheld operating system market share perked up, a research firm said Friday.
According to Gartner, worldwide shipments of PDAs dropped nearly 5% in the first three months of 2004 over the same quarter last year. But the fall in sales was overshadowed by Microsoft dramatically closing the gap between it and PalmSource for the lead in PDA operating system share, said Todd Kort, a principal analyst with Gartner.
Palm OS shipments plummeted nearly 21% year-over-year in the first quarter, said Kort. Microsoft made up a bit of ground by increasing its market share 4.6%. That puts PalmSource with 40.7% of the market, and Microsoft, with 40.2%, in a dead heat.
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