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Topic # 223647 10-Oct-2017 17:44
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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.

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  Reply # 1880550 10-Oct-2017 19:42
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A real shame these never picked up much market share. It was a brilliant mobile OS.

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  Reply # 1880553 10-Oct-2017 19:49
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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.


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  Reply # 1880581 10-Oct-2017 20:04
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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.

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  Reply # 1880603 10-Oct-2017 20:39
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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?

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  Reply # 1880608 10-Oct-2017 20:54
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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.

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  Reply # 1880630 10-Oct-2017 21:26
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If only I could install windows on an iphone 8 plus!

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