Back in 2010, Microsoft launched a large new mobile operating system based on a brand new design language, app model and structure. It was explicitly aimed at the consumer market, rather than the business or business segments. This version of the operating system, known as Windows Phone 7, was later replaced by Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, which governed the Windows CE-based kernel of WP7 for Windows NT and generally moved Redmond's mobile and desktop operating systems into In closer steps with each other. Today, Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 ran. The company will no longer deliver updates, including security them, and the operating system connects its predecessors to the Great Bit Bucket in the sky.
Windows 10 Mobile replaced Windows Phone 8.1 for a while, but the two can simply & # 39; T is considered equivalent. Microsoft's share of the modern phone market has shrunk to a fraction of 1 percent. However, 80% of the devices in still run Windows Phone 7, 8, or 8.1 according to information from AdDuplex .
Some WP8.1 devices can still be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile. But keep in mind that the underlying hardware that came with most Windows Phone devices was middle class grade two to three years ago. Even some of the exceptions, such as the Nokia Lumia 1520, are now over three years old and are based on the aging Snapdragon 800 CPU core. Useless? Absolutely not. But nowhere near the flagship level.
Worse is that Microsoft's overall updates for Windows 10 Mobile have slowed and the latest update by authors adds few new features and data suggesting that Windows 10 Mobile Development has split into a new "Feature2" Branch, as opposed to continuing under the same banner as the forthcoming Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3). A handful of updates and features could still happen – MS has occasionally released minor point updates like Windows Phone 7.8 – but the blog onMSFT reports that users should not expect to see "new features" on Windows 10 Mobile Based in part on comments From the Windows 10 Mobile Dev team at Microsoft.
It's a bit sad to see Microsoft's mobile efforts end such. I have often thought that the original Windows Mobile ordered far more market share than it ever deserved, while the later Windows Phone products earned less share than their overall design should have commanded . But Satya Nadella has made his moves quite clear when he took over from Ballmer, and there is no sign, he will soon return to his strategy.
Windows 10 Mobile is not yet officially dead and I do not fully claim that we will never see a hardware update for the operating system. But it's hard to see how any hardware update, marketing strategy or product driving plan brings MS back where it is now. The app gap, hardware gap and consumer awareness gap have all grown too deep to bridge.
Top image credit: Bhupinder Nayyar.