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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[2]: You think that is sad?
By The123king on 2017-10-11 07:38:20
The Modern/Metro side of Mixcrosoft is just one big disaster
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RE[2]: Nelson where are you?
By Vanders on 2017-10-11 12:52:25
Hah, I kind of miss the long argumentative threads I used to have with Nelson. But not much.
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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
By Vanders on 2017-10-11 13:57:04
It was known by some people, but let's not pretend that sales people in phone shops were telling customers "Buy this 'phone now and it'll be obsolete with no upgrade path in 6 months time!" Lots of people bought Windows 7 phones without knowing, or caring, and were rightly upset when they were chucked out into the snow to fend for themselves.
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Lack of Commitement
By FredBed on 2017-10-11 14:24:41
The PRIMARY problems with MSFT's play in Phone is their lack of focus and lack of commitment.

The problem of “there aren’t enough apps” can be pretty easily solved when you’ve got the money MSFT has. You hold several hundred developer events, with free training. You hand out free phones like candy bars. You PAY companies to port or rewrite their apps to your platform. You lavish money and attention on the top 100 app dev companies. You listen to these people and tailor your platform to make life easy for them.

The problem with phone was divided attention internally (phone was happening at the same time Windows 8 and Windows RT were happening), the lack of mainlining the product internally (it wasn’t really “one windows” until RS 2), the insistence on secrecy internally and externally (THAT worked out well...why not FLOOD the market with protos and previews and get feedback), the overall lack of commitment (they needed to spend millions to promote the platform, as I mentioned earlier), AND last but not least, the lack of a clear vision for the final product. An everyman’s phone? A corporate device? What were they building?

They could have made the phone successful. But it would have taken clear focus and a huge financial commitment. Neither of these was happening given the internal power struggles in the immediately post-Sinofsky era.

Edited 2017-10-11 14:26 UTC
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RE[4]: Best smartphone experience so far
By The123king on 2017-10-11 15:37:02
http://www.reactos.org/

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
By Drumhellar on 2017-10-11 18:21:29
Lets not pretend that sales people in phone shops were telling people "Buy this phone" ;)

But, seriously, lets not pretend that people expected upgrades to to the next Windows, since the large number of phone owners were using Android, which especially then were largely NOT receiving updates.
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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
By kurkosdr on 2017-10-12 09:25:57
> But, seriously, lets not pretend that people expected upgrades to to the next Windows, since the large number of phone owners were using Android, which especially then were largely NOT receiving updates.

Dear angry Mario (your avatar makes you look aggressive for no reason btw), my Optimus 2X got 2 major upgrades, to Gingerbread and ICS. My LG Optimus 3D also got 2 major upgrades, to Gingerbread and ICS.

I selected those two flagships smartphones because they are considered "the worst ever" in terms of upgrades (one has an Nvidia chip and the other has tons of custom code for stereoscopic support).

Every Android flagship got at least two major upgrades. Compare and contrast to months-old WP7 flagships which never received a WP8 upgrade.

In the post-iPhone world, nobody wants to buy a flagship smartphone that doesn't get any major upgrades ever, if anything at least for the resale value and the physiological aspect of it.

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RE: Lack of Commitement
By x86_x64 on 2017-10-12 12:09:35
No one really needs "moar appz!" on the phone. Give me 20-30 really good, quality apps and that will be all I will ever need on a phone.
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RE: You think that is sad?
By zima on 2017-10-12 12:17:11
Ehh, what you're saying has become an urban myth...

MS didn't "do" anything to Nokia, Nokia board wanted Windows Phone - why do you think they specifically brought Microsoft guy to the position of a CEO?

Maemo/MeeGo projects were troubled, took too long, with restarts along the way, were not helped by internal infighting between it and Symbian and S40 divisions. When MeeGo was getting somewhere with N9, it was already too late / Android had too much momentum (and Nokia board really disliked Android)
Meanwhile Nokia was selling for too many years hardly changing products, just in many packagings...
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RE[3]: Nelson where are you?
By zima on 2017-10-12 12:18:41
It's "Grzegorz"; no W...
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