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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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RE[3]: You think that is sad?
By leech on 2017-10-10 18:20:36
I agree with the N9. I now have a Galaxy Note 8, and the 'AOD' is still inferior to the N9's. Sure it looks nicer, but the functionality of it is no where near as good, and the power consumption is higher as well.

I still love MeeGo over any Android phone I've ever owned. The way you handle everything (and the keyboard) just seems more natural.
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RE: In related news: Librem 5 smartphone hits $1.5M goal
By leech on 2017-10-10 18:21:39
Awesome, if they're ever released in a way that normal people can buy them, I'll get one.
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RE[3]: Best smartphone experience so far
By Kochise on 2017-10-10 19:16:26
And only partially. But I digress, even if the whole was available, I shrug at the idea to dig into such a mess-ive amount of code. Understanding every bit of it would require such a long time it could only be done by a staff of dedicated skilled persons that better redo it from scratch.
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Comment by Drumhellar
By Drumhellar on 2017-10-10 19:45:27
> 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.

In fairness, it was pretty well understood early on that WP7 was a stop-gap, and that WP7 phones wouldn't be updated to WP8.

And, 7.8 wasn't entirely pointless. It added missing parts of UWP that allowed apps to run on either WP7 or WP8 with zero or minimal changes.

I really liked my WP7 and WP8 phones. I'm really sad to see Windows Phone go. It was a very nice OS to use.
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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
By kurkosdr on 2017-10-10 19:50:47
> In fairness, it was pretty well understood early on that WP7 was a stop-gap, and that WP7 phones wouldn't be updated to WP8.

No it wasn't, in fact users were sold on smooth upgrades.

And WP7.8 still didn't offer WP8 compatibility.
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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
By Drumhellar on 2017-10-10 21:41:00
I bought my Nokia 710 early on, knowing that it wouldn't get WP8.

And, yes, 7.8 was forwards compatible with 8. As in, if you targeted 7.8, your app would also run on WP8.

On the other hand, targeting 7 or 7.5 would mean you'd still have to make minor change before it ran on 8.

Edited 2017-10-10 21:44 UTC
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RE[2]: Nelson where are you?
By mutantsushi on 2017-10-11 01:38:02
Ha, yeah I think you missed a "W" or two... Polish spelling :-)
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RE[2]: Embrace
By mutantsushi on 2017-10-11 01:39:08
And that contradicts any MS "need"... how?
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RE: You think that is sad?
By mutantsushi on 2017-10-11 01:43:45
What I think is sad is dropping WP10 after pushing W8/10 interface based on WP parallel so hard. It worked great for WP, it wasn't a good idea for desktop yet that's all they ended up with. f--king ridiculous. (Classic Shell user writing)

Edited 2017-10-11 01:44 UTC
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ignoring the real problem
By missingxtension on 2017-10-11 02:41:10
It seems that everyone seems to forget the real problem. If Microsoft would have just rolled over some winmo things, if they would have made it open. The app repository things are nice, but adding sources means opening the system to average joe@xda. They copied apple to the extend that they could never compete, not even apple can compete with themselves.
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