Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Apr 2012 14:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Windows Phone is fighting an uphill battle. Microsoft still has work to do in terms of user experience and the big hardware partners like HTC and Samsung are starting to lose interest and putting in only token efforts. But Nokia is keeping the platform in the conversation. We're not willing to consign Windows Phone to the same level of hopelessness as the open-source webOS or the out-to-pasture BB OS precisely because Nokia is too big and too active a partner." Having a big partner is by no means a guarantee. Microsoft is doing whatever it can - both legal and should-not-be-legal - to get people to buy Windows Phone, and it isn't working. A brand only gets you so far - you need a compelling product, too, and as much as I like Windows Phone, it's just not there yet compared to iOS and Android.
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RE: End of line for WP7
by TemporalBeing on Tue 10th Apr 2012 16:09 UTC in reply to "End of line for WP7"
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So, Win8 is not even released yet, and MS already treats WP7 as a bastard child. Buying a WP7 phone this year is suicidal unless Nokia can guarantee a free seamless upgrade.

The rumor of Win8 is competing against WP7 in the minds of anyone willing to try it.

You are assuming you'll be able to upgrade WP7 to Win8. Don't count on it. They'd rather sell you a new phone so they can sell you a new license. That's how MS has always worked with mobile.

Apple upgrades iOS because its less maintenance for Apple; there's no licensing fee, and they know the hardware will work with the upgrade.

Android vendors upgrade Android because (i) its less maintenance for the vendor, and (ii) there are no licensing fees to do so. However, they don't put a lot of effort into it as the phone will likely be replaced at the end of the contract period, and some phones will be bigger issues than others; so they do what they can do easily and nothing more except on rare occasion.

Windows Mobile (WP7, Win8, WinCE, etc.) vendors don't typically upgrade a device as they would have to pay for a new license to Microsoft for that device, and it won't reduce their maintenance costs at all. So why bother, especially when the phone will (typically) get replaced at the end of the contract?

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