Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Oct 2017 19:44 UTC

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]: Comment by Drumhellar
by kurkosdr on Thu 12th Oct 2017 09:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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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.

Edited 2017-10-12 09:28 UTC

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