Microsoft Ends Support for 'Windows Phone' After Years of Battling to Compete With iPhone and Android

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Today, Microsoft is ending support for Windows Phone 8.1, effectively marking the end of the "Windows Phone" era.


    Microsoft released Windows Phone in 2010 and, within three years, it became the world's third most popular mobile operating system. But the platform simply couldn't compete with the likes of Apple and Google and, as of earlier this year, iOS and Android accounted for a combined 99.6% market share.

    Microsoft continues to sell a limited number of mostly budget smartphones running its newer Windows 10 Mobile operating system, but the platform has only received minor updates in recent months as the Redmond-based company has shifted its focus towards the "intelligent cloud and intelligent edge."

    Microsoft has stopped manufacturing its own Lumia-branded smartphones and, according to The Verge, rumors suggest the company will simply maintain Windows 10 Mobile until support for the platform ends in 2018.

    Ultimately, Windows Phone is another casualty of the iPhone, and later Android smartphones, which completely upended the mobile phone industry a decade ago. Just ask BlackBerry, Nokia, or Palm.

    Article Link: Microsoft Ends Support for 'Windows Phone' After Years of Battling to Compete With iPhone and Android
  2. Relentless Power, Jul 11, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2017

    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The Windows Phone never actually completed against the iPhone in my opinion. Take into consideration it lacked applications and proper marketing ultimately hurt it.
  3. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    Windows Phone was a pathetic attempt at a mobile OS to be fair...
  4. donlab macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2004
  5. Howl's Castle macrumors regular

    Howl's Castle

    Sep 13, 2016
    What a clickbaity article. Windows Phone 10 still exist and they haven't ended support on it. Regardless of how many users use it.
  6. codewrangler macrumors member


    Jun 17, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    They said 'Windows Phone', not 'Surface Phone'....:)
  7. Radio Signal macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2015
    Wasn't there supposed to be a Surface phone in the wings?
  8. Alenore macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2013
    Then I suppose Apple ends support for "iPhone" after ending the support for older iOS versions.
  9. CerebralX macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    Google it, Windows phone is no longer going to get updates rendering it dead..
  10. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    The headline is a little misleading.

    Windows Phone 8.1 support is ending today. Windows 10 (for mobile) is still going.

    Per that page, it kinda stinks that some of their most unique phones (I'm looking at you, Lumia 1020) are being left behind. The 1520 is still supported, however.
  11. brownpaw macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Wondering if this affects Windows 10 IoT, which runs on some phones (mostly enterprise/rugged), and basically looks just like Windows Phone.
  12. Howl's Castle macrumors regular

    Howl's Castle

    Sep 13, 2016
    A quick Google Search reveals that Windows Phone 8.1 is not longer supported. Not Windows Phone 10/Windows Mobile 10.
  13. tbone7467 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2007
    I feel they gave up a long time ago. They don't promote their phone at all
  14. dominiongamma macrumors 68000

    Oct 19, 2014
    Tempe, Arizona
  15. paross macrumors member


    Apr 21, 2015
    Sad to see competition go.

    While I will keep buying iPhone, having large competitors to iPhone drives innovation and helps keep prices down.

    A $1,000 iPhone 8 seems all the more plausible now.
  16. Manzzle macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2012
    When I picked one up at the Microsoft store I was lost and in 1 minute felt so dizzy looking at all those different sized colored squares. That's kinda what made it unusable to many. And they carried the same look on to the desktop that they had to jump a few numbers. Just horrible.
  17. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Interesting that Bing search results are a little more tame and positive sounding than Google's results.
  18. Howl's Castle macrumors regular

    Howl's Castle

    Sep 13, 2016
    I love how you bolded Bing as if it meant anything. Also, If you go to the News tab like you do on Google, on the far right you see realtime news on the subject so they are both displaying up to date news.
  19. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    I'd argue that WP was actually a bad OS.

    People just hated it almost universally, of course excluding tech bloggers always eager to deem anything Apple as "boring".

    What people really wanted was a grid of apps. WP reached an astonishing 15% marketshare here in Italy because it offered the lowest priced phones in the midst of a very bad economic downturn. But those people soon regretted their purchases.
  20. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    This makes me wonder if someone will try to buy their mobile os.
  21. iTom17 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2013
    Eindhoven, the Netherlands
    I've used a Nokia running Windows Phone 8.1 some while ago. And while it is clearly limited compared to iOS and Android, I did like the fact that it's fairly easy to use. And that really matters to me, and many of those who bought any Windows Phone. For some reason I feel bad for Microsoft, that they failed to make Windows Phone mainstream. Obviously it's their own fault though. App support is a disaster for example. Even collaboration between Windows devices isn't anywhere near what Apple has achieved with its Continuity features (e.g. Handoff, Instant Hotspot, Universal Clipboard). Truly a shame. And I mean that. I kinda hoped Microsoft would be able to break through. And they've had the chance, if they did it right.

    As for hardware, they're not doing bad at all I think. But clearly, their core focus should be on software. Windows mainly, because in my opinion they've done it right with Windows 10. Especially with the latest updates. I'm running it using BootCamp on my MacBook Pro, and I think it runs great!

    And by the way, this comes from someone who uses Windows Server 2012 for his work (Jr. SysAdmin). So it's not like I have no idea what I'm talking about... right?
  22. Saipher macrumors demi-god


    Oct 25, 2014
    I thought that happened a while back... Oh well.
    **Cues Queen's Another One Bites the Dust**
  23. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    My wife did a beta test with the last version of it, and loved it. Mind you, she's a "We're not changing ANYTHING!" person, and was impressed.

    That's too bad, as competition is the best way to have positive change.
  24. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
  25. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    This is the reason when people ask "why should consumers care about how much a company profits from their products?", I tell them that consumers should be very concerned with profits. Companies making little to nothing on their products are far more likely to abandon those products and leave you with an unsupported device.

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