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.




654 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 159


# 223647 10-Oct-2017 17:44
Send private message

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
5447 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2518

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

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

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 and even more now as they are upgrading their rural Conklins. If your still stuck on ADSL or VDSL, why not spend $195 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


6618 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1318

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

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

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.


 
 
 
 


2108 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 932

Trusted

  # 1880581 10-Oct-2017 20:04
One person supports this post
Send private message

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.


2547 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 759

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1880603 10-Oct-2017 20:39
Send private message

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

422 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 92

Subscriber

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

 

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
20355 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2775

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1880630 10-Oct-2017 21:26
Send private message

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





Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.


Go Hawks!
918 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 61

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1908053 26-Nov-2017 18:22
Send private message

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.


 
 
 
 


4431 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1356
Inactive user


  # 1908080 26-Nov-2017 18:51
Send private message

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.


4460 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1053


  # 1927512 1-Jan-2018 08:32
Send private message

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.


3144 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 678

Trusted

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

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 OS. https://sailfishos.org The true independent open source mobile OS 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Nokia N1
Dell Inspiron 14z i5


3144 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 678

Trusted

  # 1927605 1-Jan-2018 13:47
Send private message

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 OS. https://sailfishos.org The true independent open source mobile OS 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
Nokia N1
Dell Inspiron 14z i5


xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
9618 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1643

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1927608 1-Jan-2018 14:05
Send private message

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

 

Server : i3-3240 @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  Win 10 Pro    Workstation : i5-3570K @ 3.40GHz  16GB RAM  RX580 4GB Win 10 Pro    Console : Xbox One

 

https://www.xpd.co.nz - Games, geeks, and my attempts at photography.     Now on BigPipe 100/100 and 2Talk

 

"If Pinocchio says “My Nose Will Grow Now”, it would cause a paradox."


4460 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1053


  # 1927721 1-Jan-2018 18:37
Send private message

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?

4460 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1053


  # 1927906 2-Jan-2018 09:00
Send private message

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.


4460 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1053


  # 1928093 2-Jan-2018 15:59
Send private message

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 and LinkedIn »



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 »

Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20


New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09


ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05


New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35


Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39


TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18


E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted 17-Jun-2019 12:34


Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51


Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47


100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35


5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01


Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24


Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24


Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10


Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32



Geekzone Live »

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


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



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.