If you needed anymore proof that the Windows Phone OS market share is growing and prospering in 3rd place, the the latest numbers obtained from the IDC IDC show it in black and white.

Windows Phone has moved into third with a 3.2 percent share over BlackBerry’s 2.9 percent. The Windows Phone smartphone market has also been growing while the BlackBerry marketshare has been in constant decline.

Meanwhile, Android continues to dominate the global market thanks in large part to Samsung at 75 percent, while Apple’s iOS devices actually lost a little bit of market share, currently standing at 17.3 percent. While both Android and iOS may hold a combined 92.3 percent of the market, Windows Phone has certainly stepped up its game with Microsoft and Nokia at the reigns.

“Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia,” said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

Projections do show continued growth of the platform through 2016, so it looks like this growth will continue in the long term, especially with new, low cost devices such as the Nokia Lumia 520 and 521 hitting the market.