Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Dec 2014 17:42 UTC

I have a confession: I'm the proud owner of an iPhone 6. In fact, it's now my full-time device. After using Windows Phone on and off since its introduction in 2010, I've grown frustrated enough to give up and switch back to iOS fully.

I'm the resident Microsoft expert here at The Verge, and for years I've switched between Android, iOS, and Windows Phone to check out new apps and how each platform is progressing, but it's now clear Windows Phone is being left behind. I'm not alone: Ed Bott, a fellow technology writer, has also given up on Windows Phone, and Microsoft has left its loyal customers frustrated by focusing on iOS and Android. Microsoft may have made some significant changes to Windows Phone this year with the 8.1 update, but like the many previous versions and updates I'm still left waiting for more. I'm through waiting.

I was a loyal Windows Phone user from day one - bought a 7.x device on launch day, and an 8.x device on launch day - but it's clear to just about everyone by now that the platform has failed. I doubt there is much of a future for Windows Phone as a separate entity. Windows-proper on PCs will continue to do well, but Windows on phones and tablets is starting to look more and more dire by the day.

With the Nokia purchase, Windows on phones/tablets may well be Microsoft's biggest financial blunder in its history.

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RE[2]: Why?
by bob_bipbip on Fri 12th Dec 2014 15:16 UTC in reply to "RE: Why?"
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Locked nature of iphone? But at least it can be jailbroken, wp is more closed than iphone, so...
About the viability of bb10, as nokia the only provider of wp, and burning money like the wtc in 9/11, you can't say it was more future proof.
With jolla, running android app is a band aid, even if there is no official application, you are not left out in the cold like wp, were if their is no app, even a unofficial, you can't run android app.
For google store, it can run on jolla.

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RE[3]: Why?
by Alfman on Fri 12th Dec 2014 17:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
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Locked nature of iphone? But at least it can be jailbroken, wp is more closed than iphone, so...

It raises an interesting conundrum. Some people are ok with device restrictions as long as they can evade them. But I would never be comfortable endorsing a solution that depends on the presence of manufacturer vulnerabilities. It's because of OS vulnerabilities that users get to take advantage of jailbreaking. Should one really go with a device who's manufacturer is trying to lock him out? That feels hypocritical to me.

If you really want unlocked devices I think you should vote with your feet and support those who offer it explicitly. Otherwise genuinely open technology will become marginalized as companies learn that consumers don't shun them for selling restricted hardware and will buy them regardless.

Edited 2014-12-12 17:21 UTC

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RE[4]: Why?
by bob_bipbip on Fri 12th Dec 2014 17:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
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I'm not saying that it were right or wrong, but only speaking about fact. Saying that wp is more open than iphone is just wrong. Both are totally closed, with iphone being less close than wp.
As I've already stated, if someone wants a "truly open" platform, just pick android or jolla ;)

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