Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




614 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 141


Topic # 223647 10-Oct-2017 17:44
Send private message quote this post

As per subject line:

 

 

 

It's official: for all intents and purposes, the Windows Phone era is over. Microsoft has ended support for Windows Phone 8.1 just over 3 years after its April 2014 debut. From now on, your WP8.1-toting device won't get software updates or technical help. This doesn't mark the end of Microsoft's mobile ambitions (Windows 10 Mobile is still hanging around), but it does finish a long, sad story in the company's history that reflects the tech giant's shifting priorities.

 

www.engadget.com/2017/07/11/windows-phone-support-ends/


Create new topic
5114 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2140

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1880550 10-Oct-2017 19:42
7 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

A real shame these never picked up much market share. It was a brilliant mobile OS.




Chorus has spent $1.4 billion on making their xDSL broadband network faster. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend from $150 on a master filter install to make sure you are getting the most out of your connection?
I install - Naked DSL, DSL Master Splitters, VoIP, data cabling and general computer support for home and small business.
Rural Broadband RBI installer for Ultimate Broadband and Full Flavour

 

Need help in Auckland, Waikato or BoP? Click my email button, or email me direct: [my user name] at geekzonemail dot com


6044 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 939

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1880553 10-Oct-2017 19:49
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

For what it's worth, Microsoft's "support lifecycle" page states that Win 10 Mobile is supported until 6 Nov 2019. As noted above, support for 8.1 has already ended.


 
 
 
 


1904 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 654

Trusted

  Reply # 1880581 10-Oct-2017 20:04
Send private message quote this post

You know, usually I'd say "well done at least you tried" or something.

 

But after this little stunt, all I can think is hahahah sucked in you stupid smug morons.

 

I hope Apple gives them a funeral, this time the patient really is dead.

 

Though you could argue it never really left life support.


2330 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 681

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1880603 10-Oct-2017 20:39
Send private message quote this post

Following the demise of my Palm Treo, I had a WM5 and a WM6 device and loved them at the time.  Neither of them were touch models (for budget reasons at the time) but I really liked the physical QWERTY keyboards (thumb boards).

 

After Microsoft's failure to gain market traction with earlier devices, I didn't rush out to buy a touch screen model in the last 4-ish years.  Their pockets were deep when it comes to marketing and development funds, so I gave them a better than even chance in the back of my mind.  I can't speculate in any significant way about the reasons for failing to catch on once again.  Perhaps they just didn't manage to catch the imagination of the public in the same way that Apple and Samsung have.

 

Did they have a reasonable range of Apps?





"4 wheels move the body.  2 wheels move the soul."

“Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” Douglas Adams

391 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 86

Subscriber

  Reply # 1880608 10-Oct-2017 20:54
2 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

 

Did they have a reasonable range of Apps?

 

 

 

 

No.  That was the problem.  I had Windows Phone 7, 8.1 and 10 but the lack of apps made it limited in it's usefulness.  

 

It's a pity because I liked it much more than the Android OS I have now.


Mad Scientist
17842 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2205

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1880630 10-Oct-2017 21:26
Send private message quote this post

If only I could install windows on an iphone 8 plus!


Go Hawks!
819 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 41

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1908053 26-Nov-2017 18:22
Send private message quote this post

Despite the lack of apps, I really did used to love my Windows 10 phone - the OS worked for me.  Alas, the last series of updates have meant that contacts suddenly disappeared off the phone.  I can no longer "configure" my exchange accounts.  (Tapping on them does nothing.)

 

So - I'm now running on a Nokia 5 with android.


Aussie
4149 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1152

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1908080 26-Nov-2017 18:51
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

WM6 was awesome. It was all downhill from there. For me anyway... I still hate the "live tile" crap that win8-10 have forced on people.


3417 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 664


  Reply # 1927512 1-Jan-2018 08:32
Send private message quote this post

I'm thinking I'll need to upgrade my Nokia Lumia 635 - Whatsapp (as well as a few other things) seem to have stopped working today. Weird, as it's running Windows 8.1, which I thought was still supported.

 

Got my eye on a Nokia 3, will try one out.


2677 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 409


  Reply # 1927604 1-Jan-2018 13:40
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

coffeebaron: A real shame these never picked up much market share. It was a brilliant mobile OS.

 

Two comments.

 

Microsoft bought a much much better OS (Meego) when they acquired Nokia but they persisted with the flawed Windows Phone OS.

 

The Windows Phone OS was a very nice OS but not brilliant. There were too many limitations. Like the inability to import more than one calendar entry at one time. I couldn't import my monthly roster. Apps would stop running when they were superseded by another app on the main screen, i.e. not able to run apps in the background. I couldn't run the Pebble app and expect to get notifications on the watch.

 

I used a Nokia 920 as a daily driver, it wasn't the lack of apps, it was the lack of OS functionality that turn me away from Windows Phone.

 

The Nokia N9 with Meego was a vastly superior phone with the only exception of screen size. Interestingly even though Microsoft effectively abandoned the N9 before it was even launched many of the apps are still being updated today six to 7 years later by the very vibrant user community.

 

 





Sony Xperia X running Sailfish
Jolla C
Nokia N1
Dell Inspiron 14z i5


2677 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 409


  Reply # 1927605 1-Jan-2018 13:47
Send private message quote this post

Dynamic:

 

Following the demise of my Palm Treo, I had a WM5 and a WM6 device and loved them at the time.  Neither of them were touch models (for budget reasons at the time) but I really liked the physical QWERTY keyboards (thumb boards).

 

After Microsoft's failure to gain market traction with earlier devices, I didn't rush out to buy a touch screen model in the last 4-ish years.  Their pockets were deep when it comes to marketing and development funds, so I gave them a better than even chance in the back of my mind.  I can't speculate in any significant way about the reasons for failing to catch on once again.  Perhaps they just didn't manage to catch the imagination of the public in the same way that Apple and Samsung have.

 

Did they have a reasonable range of Apps?

 

 

Palm was king of the mobile device arena with their Palm OS. Anyone and everyone developed apps for Palm.  It went downhill for them when they started putting WM on their devices.

 

WebOS was/is an excellent OS but was too late to the market to be a saviour for Palm. It's a pity HP blinked with the Touchpad because it is/was a great tablet for it's day.





Sony Xperia X running Sailfish
Jolla C
Nokia N1
Dell Inspiron 14z i5


xpd

The Overrated Raccoons
8527 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1182

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 1927608 1-Jan-2018 14:05
Send private message quote this post

quickymart:

 

I'm thinking I'll need to upgrade my Nokia Lumia 635 - Whatsapp (as well as a few other things) seem to have stopped working today. Weird, as it's running Windows 8.1, which I thought was still supported.

 

Got my eye on a Nokia 3, will try one out.

 

 

Read something recently that said Whatsapp was on its way out for Windows mobile support.... so thats probably it.

 

 

 

Loved my Windows phones, great hardware and OS, just noone wanted to give it some app love :(

 

 





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz

 

 


3417 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 664


  Reply # 1927721 1-Jan-2018 18:37
Send private message quote this post

Got the Nokia 3 and it seems pretty good so far. I don't have my WhatsApp chat history but I know they can't be moved from one OS to another. However, I do have them backed up from my Windows Phone. Is there any way I can export them from the backup to a text file or Word document, etc? Or do I need to reinsert my SIM card and do it from the Windows Phone?

3417 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 664


  Reply # 1927906 2-Jan-2018 09:00
Send private message quote this post

Okay I heard from Whatsapp (FYI if anyone else has to do this) - you need to e-mail the chat history before changing devices. Unfortunately I didn't do this as I wasn't aware of how it worked...

 

I have my messages backed how however, so will see if I can do a restoration later today when I have some time. Will post back with the results.


3417 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 664


  Reply # 1928093 2-Jan-2018 15:59
Send private message quote this post

Success!
I got the Whatsapp chats backed up (sent to my e-mail as a text document) and copied over my SMS's using the backup app I've mentioned before.

 

As an aside, the developer of said app e-mailed me and says he now has a Pro version that moves MMS as well as SMS. Didn't make any difference to me as I didn't have any MMS's on this phone, but still useful to know smile


Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

CPTPP text and National Interest Analysis released for public scrutiny
Posted 21-Feb-2018 19:43


Foodstuffs to trial digitised shopping trolleys
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:27


2018: The year of zero-login, smart cars & the biometrics of things
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:25


Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21


Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18


Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30


Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54


New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12


D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01


Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26


OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28


Vocus Communications wins a place on the TaaS panel
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:16


SwipedOn raises $1 million capital
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:15


Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton
Posted 25-Jan-2018 13:51


Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted 24-Jan-2018 15:44



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.