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.
I was just saying the same thing today, I used to be the biggest fan / supporter of windows phone and surface but like the article states it’s looking dire.
The app situation still hasn’t improved, ok some names are in there but the quality of the apps is poor, the difference between Evernote on iOS and android against windows phone is night and day.
The common theme from Microsoft is wait for the next version, bear with us. Bear with us until update 7.5. Bear with us for 8.0, 8.1 8.1 update 1 etc.. now it’s wait for windows phone 10.
It’s a shame as I think the OS performance is great as is the UI/UX. They are well made phones with some great features, I don’t know if the influx of cheapo phones is enough to help them either, why bother with a lot of the nokias when we have outstanding phones in the moto e and g.
Fingers crossed that I’m wrong but looking at the market share declines around the world month in month out for windows phone it’s looking grim