As BlackBerry continues its precipitous decline and Windows Phone keeps plugging along, a formal shift is about to take place in the mobile platform wars. Analytics firm StatCounter is projecting that Microsoft's emergent OS will replace RIM on the third-place podium for the first time later this year.

In November, Windows Phone is expected to reach 1.5 percent market share while BlackBerry will dip below the same figure. At that point Microsoft and its three-year-old OS will gain bragging rights over RIM with a symbolic victory. Both companies, however, will still only have a small fraction of the user base enjoyed by Android and iOS.

[via Venture Beat]