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: Comment by Drumhellar
by kurkosdr on Tue 10th Oct 2017 19:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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In fairness, it was pretty well understood early on that WP7 was a stop-gap, and that WP7 phones wouldn't be updated to WP8.

No it wasn't, in fact users were sold on smooth upgrades.

And WP7.8 still didn't offer WP8 compatibility.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Tue 10th Oct 2017 21:41 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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I bought my Nokia 710 early on, knowing that it wouldn't get WP8.

And, yes, 7.8 was forwards compatible with 8. As in, if you targeted 7.8, your app would also run on WP8.

On the other hand, targeting 7 or 7.5 would mean you'd still have to make minor change before it ran on 8.

Edited 2017-10-10 21:44 UTC

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