Microsoft has officially killed Windows Phone, no more support for OS

The Windows Phone operating system was supposed to be Microsoft's counter to the growing popularity of Apple's iOS and Google's Android. While the tile-based design was radically different, the operating system never really became that popular.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2017 9:05 am
Microsoft, Microsoft Windows Phones, Windows Phone dead, Windows Phone over, Windows Phone support, Lumia Windows Phone, Microsoft Lumia phone, Microsoft Windows smartphones There were a few good phones, primarily Lumia devices from Microsoft partner Nokia, but that could not trigger adoption in volume markets like India.

Microsoft has announced end of support for Windows Phone 8.1, and this is literally pulling the plug on the Windows Phone platform. Though phones running the platform will not be bricked, users should not expect any future updates. Microsoft, which has clearly lost interest in the smartphone business over the past few quarters, is yet to announce its plans for Windows 10 Mobile.

The Windows Phone operating system was supposed to be Microsoft’s counter to the growing popularity of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. While the tile-based design was radically different, the operating system never really became that popular. In fact, Windows Phones could never garner more than a single digit makeover share in crucial markets.

This also stifled the platform’s app ecosystem as developers were not that keen to create apps for a relatively small user base. The lack of numbers meant smartphone manufacturers too were not that keen on creating devices for Windows. There were a few good phones, primarily Lumia devices from Microsoft partner Nokia, but that could not trigger adoption in volume markets like India.

Despite, the coming together of low technology giants, the Lumia phones ended up being an also-ran in all segments. Those who still went ahead and bought these phones suffered from the BlackBerry-like frustration of being left out of the app economy. So is the Windows Phone itself dead? Well, for that we will need to wait a few quarters to see if Microsoft will announce a Windows 10 Mobile phone. But I doubt this will be the case.

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    S K Panda
    Jul 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm
    Nokia Lumia Windows 10 Mobile can beat any smartphone OS. I am so addicted with my Lumia 730 for more than 2 years that i can never thing of changing to anything else. Long live windows. We will only be yours.
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      Akshat
      Jul 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm
      Windows Phone as an OS has ended because it did not fit in Microsoft strategy. As Android had grown too big and conducive eco-system where host of devices (IoT) were adopting android. To establish themselves they backed on their compe ive advantage of millions of windows devices. They were trying to sync windows phone and windows across devices but then their alternative research of having same OS running across devices (which required special chip as well) paid off. So, they are in the process of releasing devices with new chip which will be more of a small CPU (with screen) than a smartphone or tablet. So u can expect an advanced version of either Windows 10. Don't know what it will be called (may be windows 10 something or something completely different)
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        Ayush
        Jul 12, 2017 at 12:12 pm
        Windows phone and Windows 10 mobile are different OS Windows phone means upto windows 8.1. Now everyone is using windows 10 mobile which is awesome. So ending support for windows phone is a good decision and has nothing to do with "killing it's platform" as windows' latest operating system is windows 10 mobile which is getting regular updates and will get in future. And please, post news only when you know something about it.
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          A Nun
          Jul 12, 2017 at 11:48 am
          How old is this news? There are many windows mobile 10 phones out there, 950xl to name one. Also a new phone got leaked not two days ago porpurted to have AR and VR. Why not check other news outlets, let alone the facts before writing this clickbait drive.
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            Akash k Hazarika
            Jul 12, 2017 at 10:38 am
            your ignorance has reached new heights. Microsoft released 3 Windows 10 devices last year and I am commenting from one of them, the Lumia 550. The other two are Lumia 650, and the iconic Lumia 950, 950 XL. These Windows 10 devices receive updates on a regular basis and on a weekly basis if you ate an insider. Windows phone users are scarce, but we exist. The Windows phone experience is a lovely one, particularly with Windows 10.
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              Mohandas
              Jul 12, 2017 at 10:58 am
              You said it right I own a lumia 1320 and its serves me highly with an added security feeling that I think playing important role now in these times of ransomwares. I am sure microsoft would not ditch us and would come up with more attractive and useful gadgets !
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                shrey
                Jul 13, 2017 at 6:59 am
                True buddy....we exist, and for me particularly love the windows phone, gonna use forever.
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                Indian First
                Jul 12, 2017 at 9:16 am
                hahahahahaha Good anyways MS OS suckes bigtime their phones too.
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                  Akash k Hazarika
                  Jul 12, 2017 at 10:39 am
                  Hello , hows your lolipop doin with that ugly homescreen?
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                    A Nun
                    Jul 12, 2017 at 11:56 am
                    Ah a truly researched comment backed up by testing and un-biased opinion. What are you, 10 years old? Why not buy one and use it for a year, then make an educated decision. I had an iPhone 6, and a Samsung s7 for a year, so I can safely and honestly say, Windows phone is better for me
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                      shrey
                      Jul 13, 2017 at 7:03 am
                      I have one plus 3T and a blackberry device, still prefer to use lumia 730, dude its awesome phone.
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