Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Dec 2012 23:09 UTC
Windows So, last night, Windows Phone 8 got its first update - specifically for the HTC 8X. In this day and age, where iOS is the gold standard and shows the industry how it ought to be done, and Android is the exact opposite, Windows Phone 7 was a bit of an in-between - every phone got every update, but the staggered rollout was slow and frustrating, often due to carrier meddling. How will Windows Phone 8 fare?
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RE[7]: Nexus Line
by Nelson on Wed 12th Dec 2012 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Nexus Line"
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You're conveniently limiting Windows Phone to the same release; 8. Yes, technically most Windows Phone users may be on that release, but that is because almost no one bought or is using the previous version. Not because Microsoft has a brilliant method to keep all his users up to date transparently.


Windows Phone total install base was in the millions, I believe over ten million last I checked. However, I don't see how their update mechanisms have been proven not to scale, to the extent that you use it as an excuse to shrug off the fact that most Windows Phone users are on the latest version of the platform.


The "upgrade" path for the Windows platform is rather torturous; Windows Mobile 6.5, to Windows Phone 7, and then to Windows Phone 8. 3 different incompatible revisions in less than 3 years.


Windows Mobile is not Windows Phone. That's akin to saying that Samsung didn't provide an update path from their Omnia Windows Mobile lineup to their Galaxy S III. They are clearly different platforms.

Expecting Windows Mobile devices, complete with resistive screens and ancient ARM processors to run Windows Phone is ludicrous. Almost no Windows Mobile device, save for maybe the HD2, met the Windows Phone minimum specifications.

Windows Phone 7 users haven't been given a raw deal. They received NoDo, Mango, Tango 1, Tango 2, and 7.8

That's four updates in two years. One of them a major revision. This is not to mention the various value-add companies like Nokia have brought, and continue to bring to the platform.

In fact, that's likely comparable to any Nexus device out there right now.


While going from a 15% market share, down to 3% in the same period of time. Given that correlation, it seems that Microsoft's update track record is a significant weakness, not strength.


That is again, if you lump in Windows Mobile marketshare with Windows Phone marketshare. Windows Phone has gone from 0% to roughly 3% since 2010, and if reports are anything to go by, is selling quite well this quarter.

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