For the first time in a long time, there's some good news for Microsoft's mobile phone sales.
Gartner says there were 6.2 million Windows Phone-based smartphones sold to end users in Q4 2012, a 124 percent jump compared to the fourth quarter of 2011.
It still only gives Microsoft 3 percent of the smartphone market, but that's up from 1.8 percent a year ago. It also puts Microsoft close to BlackBerry, which sold 7.3 million units during the quarter.
Overall, Apple and Android totally dominate the global smartphone market. Android now has 69.7 percent of the market, up from 51.3 percent a year ago. Apple has 20.9 percent, down from 23.6 percent a year ago.
It sounds bad for Apple since it lost share on a year over year basis. But, last quarter Gartner said it only had 13.9 percent of the market. So, it made a strong sequential leap.