Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Jul 2017 13:36 UTC, submitted by nej_simon
Windows

If you're still rocking a handset running Windows Phone 8.1, it is important to note that mainstream support for the operating system is ending tomorrow, as Microsoft previously announced. Prior to the availability of Windows 10 Mobile for select handsets, the last major update to Windows Phone 8.1 was Lumia Denim, which started rolling out way back in December 2014.

A select number of handsets can get Windows 10 Mobile, but the vast majority of users (about 80%) are running Windows Phone 8.1.

So, headlines that state Windows Phone died yesterday are clickbait - but only because Windows Phone died years ago.

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RE[2]: Doesn't matter much
by Soulbender on Thu 13th Jul 2017 07:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Doesn't matter much"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

In fairness, hardly anyone knows anyone who owns a Windows Phone.

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RE[3]: Doesn't matter much
by shotsman on Fri 14th Jul 2017 07:54 in reply to "RE[2]: Doesn't matter much"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

In fairness, hardly anyone knows anyone who owns a Windows Phone AND uses it anymore

There fixed it for you

I know plenty of people who got Luminas but the experience soon dulled and they abandonded ship and went back to Android or iOS.
Now that the range of phone hardware running Windows 10 is even more limited there reaction is 'why bother'.

IMHO, MS are flogging a dead horse here. A shame really but they were just far too late to market despite the H/W being pretty good at times their lukewarm commitment to it clearly shone through despite their ads, promos etc.
How many people bought certain models of Lumina on the understanding that they'd get Windows 10 only to find later that MS had changed their mind.
People have long memories.
Personally it is time for MS to give up hoping that they would have even more than low single digits of market share and call it a day.

The Tiles worked ok on a phone. I really, really, really hate them on a non-touch desktop. Again MS is just being stubborn here. They want everyone to use a Touch interface. It ain't gonna happen. There is no way I'd want my fingers anywhere near my two 4K screens.

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RE[3]: Doesn't matter much
by bassbeast on Sun 16th Jul 2017 19:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Doesn't matter much"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

My wife has the Lumia 640 and frankly its a great OS, IDK why more people didn't give it a try. the phone has GREAT battery life, decent camera, good screen, and most importantly everything is laid out logically so even someone like her who isn't tech savvy can instantly find where they need to go without assistance.

The texting prediction is better, Cortana is miles ahead of whatever they call the android version as even with a bunch of external noise it gets it right about 90% of the time, all in all its been a great phone and the only way i see her getting rid of it is if we find a deal on a Windows 10 phone with a better camera as 8Mp is okay but not great. But as a daily driver? Honestly its a heck of a lot easier to use her phone on the go than my Android 5.1, especially one handed.

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