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[2]: You think that is sad?
by judgen on Mon 9th Oct 2017 20:59 UTC in reply to "RE: You think that is sad?"
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I have lost the link, but was there not a guy/company that did an experiment and soldered the 1200mhz OMAP3640 onto the N900 mainboard by replacing the 600mhz OMAP3430, and thus also doubled the ram? (I think they took the cpu from the droid2, but i am not sure). I think it worked perfectly fine. (the forum with the posts was in the 2010-2013 timespan)

I hope someone else in the comment section knows.

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RE[3]: You think that is sad?
by ajs124 on Mon 9th Oct 2017 21:13 in reply to "RE[2]: You think that is sad?"
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You're thinking of the neo900:

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RE[4]: You think that is sad?
by judgen on Mon 9th Oct 2017 22:01 in reply to "RE[3]: You think that is sad?"
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No. I mean someone used a very expensive soldering lab to change the CPU. (and ram is on the OMAP since it is a SoC)

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