Win Free Windows Phone Via WP Cake Contest; 2012 a Ramp-up Year for Nokia and Microsoft to Boost WP Volumes

Microsoft opened a new contest for the best Windows Phone inspired cake. "You can submit a cake and vote for your favorite on our Cake Contest Facebook page," Microsoft said. The top 3 cakes with the most likes will win a brand new Windows Phone.You must submit your entries by Wednesday, May 30, and the […]

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Microsoft opened a new contest for the best Windows Phone inspired cake. "You can submit a cake and vote for your favorite on our Cake Contest Facebook page," Microsoft said. The top 3 cakes with the most likes will win a brand new Windows Phone.

You must submit your entries by Wednesday, May 30, and the voting ends June 6.

Here's how to enter:

  1. Create a Windows Phone-inspired cake.
  2. Submit a photo of your cake on our Cake Contest Facebook page. (You can also submit a photo of a cake you made in the past, as long as you're the baker.)

Form more information, visti the contest's official rules on SkyDrive.

In other Windows Phone news,

Windows Phone and Windows Mobile platforms lost a small percentage of the smartphone market in the first quarter of this year. According to a IDC reports, Microsoft's mobile platforms, including both Windows Phone and Windows Mobile, "dropped from a 2.6 percent global market share in the first quarter of 2011 to a 2.2 percent global market share for the first quarter of 2012."

The decrease in the market share comes despite an increase in over half a million additional Windows Phone shipments; 3.3 million Windows Phones were shipped in the first quarter of this year, compared to 2.6 million in the Q1'2011 (an increase of 26.9 percent).

IDC also notes that 2012 will be a year in which Microsoft and Nokia boost their global shipment volumes,

"Windows Mobile/Windows Phone has yet to make significant inroads in the worldwide smartphone market, but 2012 should be considered a ramp-up year for Nokia and Microsoft to boost volumes. Until Nokia speeds the cadence of its smartphone releases or more vendors launch their own Windows Phone-powered smartphones, IDC anticipates slow growth for the operating system."