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Microsoft finally admits Windows Phone is dead
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-10-09 19:44:19

In a series of tweets, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it's now clear the operating system has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates for existing users.

I was a first adopter of Windows Phone 7 - so much so I imported a device from the US during launch week. It was an amazing operating system to use, and I loved it. Soon, however, it became clear Microsoft was unable to attract developers to the platform, and even those applications that did make it weren't particularly good - not even the ones written by Microsoft itself, which were often simple HTML-based apps, which simply weren't good advocates for the platform. As a Windows Phone user, you were always scraping the very bottom of the barrel when it came to applications.

To make matters worse, the move to Windows NT with Windows Phone 8 was a disaster. Existing phones weren't updated, and instead, only got an entirely pointless Windows Phone 7.8 update. This didn't do anything to enamour users to the platform, which makes it all the more weird when Microsoft did it again when Windows Phone 10 was released. In any event, Windows Phone 8 did mature over its short lifetime, gaining many features other platforms had had for ages. Sadly, the application situation never improved, and to this day, the Windows Store is a ghost town.

It really sucks that Windows Phone became a victim of blatant mismanagement and market forces, because I still love the operating system and its unique UI. One day, I'll have to sit down and write the counterpart to my Palm retrospective, covering the entire PocketPC/Windows Mobile/Windows Phone era.

It's been a wild ride.

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You think that is sad?
By dhuv on 2017-10-09 20:19:29
I feel what Microsoft did to Nokia is even worse. They sold the N9 in crappy markets and it still outsold Windows Phones. They they killed that OS which could have actually had a chance unlike the software they were pushing.
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In related news: Librem 5 smartphone hits $1.5M goal
By Nth_Man on 2017-10-09 20:19:35
In related news: Librem 5 smartphone hits its $1.5 million dollar goal

Librem 5 - A Security and Privacy Focused Phone

"Running Free/Libre and Open Source software and a GNU+Linux Operating System designed to create an open development utopia, rather than the walled gardens from all other phone providers.

The Librem 5 phone will be the world's first ever IP-native mobile handset, using end-to-end encrypted decentralized communication."
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RE: You think that is sad?
By DefineDecision on 2017-10-09 20:39:25
Disclaimer: I loved my N800 and I would still use my N900 if it weren't so RAM deprived... and I had system patches.

There's a LOT of revisionism amongst Maemo fans about Maemo's future. Even without Windows Phone, the Symbian team hated Maemo, and tried to strangle it in the crib numerous times. There's no way they'd go for Maemo, but rather likely along the path of modernizing Symbian's UI. (Symbian was robust enough on the inside, but touch support arrived really late on the mainstream devices.)

I also unlike most Maemo fans LIKED Windows Phone. My Lumia 520 was both cheap and quality, and the OS buttery smooth on low end problem. The problem was they moved too late; and perhaps Android would have been the better choice, no matter how shit it actually was. (That, and Microsoft backstabbing WM6, WP7, WP8, and finally WM10 users didn't help.)
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By judgen on 2017-10-09 20:51:12
Perhaps one step closer to killing the flat trend. (one can hope and dream at least)
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RE[2]: You think that is sad?
By judgen on 2017-10-09 20:59:49
I have lost the link, but was there not a guy/company that did an experiment and soldered the 1200mhz OMAP3640 onto the N900 mainboard by replacing the 600mhz OMAP3430, and thus also doubled the ram? (I think they took the cpu from the droid2, but i am not sure). I think it worked perfectly fine. (the forum with the posts was in the 2010-2013 timespan)

I hope someone else in the comment section knows.
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RE[3]: You think that is sad?
By ajs124 on 2017-10-09 21:13:26
You're thinking of the neo900: https://neo900.org/
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It is a shame
By Pa1m0ne on 2017-10-09 21:35:49
From a consumer stand point it was the same as Palm I think
Only it positioned itself less of a 'Windows Mobile 2.0 reboot' like Palm did and just kept at the numbering scheme.
WM6.5 to WP7 was not just the next thing obviously, but to the average user buying a phone it was.
All the app written for the platform were useless upon WP7's arrival. And it was the same with Palm
Got a Treo 650? Upgrade to a Pre, it's the same company but all of a sudden all the software I might have bought won't work.
(Apple ][ > Macintosh anyone?)
But at least Palm tried, I really never saw M$ do much of anything to promote WP after 8.0
I guess they expected Nokia to do all that for them? I still can't work that out
I had a Nokia Lumia 530 btw, loved it to death. I still put my sim card in it for a few days every now and again
Anecdotally, there's a Microsoft store in one of the malls by my work. I would venture in occasionally just like I did for the Appel store, just lookin around.
They used to have various Windows Phones on display, but a year or so ago they were gone never to be seen again. That was the point when I really knew for sure that it was dead even if it was practically dead way before that
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Best smartphone experience so far
By Wondercool on 2017-10-09 22:00:12
What a pity, I really liked the GUI and it was also super fast on very humble hardware. But lack of apps killed it for me too.

Could MS be persuaded to open source it?? Maybe enough people want to keep it alive?
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RE[4]: You think that is sad?
By judgen on 2017-10-09 22:01:14
No. I mean someone used a very expensive soldering lab to change the CPU. (and ram is on the OMAP since it is a SoC)
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RE: Best smartphone experience so far
By judgen on 2017-10-09 22:04:02
NT is super unlikely to ever be opensourced.
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