4 reasons Windows Phone 7 will eventually beat iPhone and Android

And three reasons it won't
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Microsoft is currently a distant fifth in the worldwide smartphone market. According to IDC, Windows Phone 7/Windows Mobile will capture roughly 4% of the worldwide smartphone market by the end of 2011.

However, IDC predicts that once the next version of Windows Phone 7 arrives in products later this year, Microsoft will be on firmer footing. In fact, IDC is so bullish on the future of Windows smartphones that it predicts Microsoft will capture more than 20% of the market by 2015, moving ahead of iOS and behind only Android.

Here are four reasons why Microsoft will be a major smartphone player in a few years. And three reasons it won't.

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