While CES is usually a platform to announce newer products, Microsoft took the podium to announce its record sales for the holiday season. The company revealed that it has seen a rise in the sales of the handsets during the holiday season worldwide, almost doubling its phone sales during the Christmas week.

The company further revealed that Windows Phone has taken the second spot as the leading smartphone operating system in 14 markets. It also said that Microsoft had shipped more devices than the iPhone in 24 markets in the third quarter of 2013.

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Windows Phone sales on a rise

In a statement sent to Neowin, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “In the third quarter this year, according to IDC, Windows Phone reinforced its position as a top three smartphone operating system and was the fastest-growing platform among the leading operating systems with 156% year-over-year gain. Windows Phone is the #2 smartphone operating system in 14 markets, and shipped more units than iPhone in 24 markets in Q3. Our portfolio continues to expand: from award-winning flagship devices like the Nokia Lumia 928/1020/1520, to affordable new innovations like the Lumia 520/625/1320 and Huawei W1/W2.”

Though Microsoft revealed these achievements, it hasn’t provided any concrete sales figures yet. However, the company released a list of markets where it enjoys the second position and also where it has managed more sales than the iPhone. Needless to say, India makes it to both the lists.

Last month, we did some digging ourselves to find out the number of Lumia devices sold in India. Though there has been a significant rise in the number of Lumia devices sold here, Nokia’s market share has been stagnant or declining due to local companies like Micromax and Karbonn. However, things could possibly go in Microsoft's favour once local players start building Windows Phone-based devices.

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