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Why Windows 10 may not fix Windows Phone’s biggest problem

By on January 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Why Windows 10 may not fix Windows Phone’s biggest problem

Microsoft this week is going to unveil some crucial new details on Windows 10, reportedly including a single code base that will make it much easier for programmers who write desktop Windows apps to write apps for Windows Phone. While one line of thinking right now is that this will help Microsoft close its “app gap” with iOS and Android, Jan Dawson makes a strong case that it won’t do anything to improve Windows Phone’s comparative dearth of quality apps. More →

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New details emerge on Microsoft’s last-ditch effort to make Windows Phone relevant

By on January 19, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

New details emerge on Microsoft’s last-ditch effort to make Windows Phone relevant

Windows Phone is a great mobile platform that suffers from a crippling lack of popular mobile apps. Nothing Microsoft has done so far as generated significant developer interest in the platform. What’s more, popular apps that are released to the platform aren’t updated and supported with the same regularity as those apps’ Android and iOS counterparts. However, The Information has come out with a new report that gives us new details on Microsoft’s last-ditch effort to make its mobile platform relevant. More →

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You’ll soon be able to run Windows 10 on your Windows Phone

By on January 13, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

You’ll soon be able to run Windows 10 on your Windows Phone

Windows fans interested in experiencing Microsoft’s Windows 10 way ahead of its official release have been able to do so quite a while now, via the company’s official preview program. In addition to desktops, however, Windows 10 is also coming to mobile devices including tablets and smartphones, and a Windows Phone 10 preview version should be available by the end of the month, according to The Verge. More →

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Windows Phone Is Dead

‘Long-suffering’ Windows Phone fan begs Microsoft to get its act together

By on January 2, 2015 at 2:45 PM.

‘Long-suffering’ Windows Phone fan begs Microsoft to get its act together

2014 was a wasted year for Windows Phone. Not only did Microsoft see its market share continue to stagnate but it also saw some of its longtime users express frustration over the platform’s lack of apps and lack of strong carrier firmware support. Now Paul Thurrott, who describes himself as a “long-suffering Windows Phone fan,” has written an anguished plea begging Microsoft to get its act together and make Windows Phone relevant again in 2015. More →

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Windows Phone Is Dead

Windows Phone is circling the drain as longtime users lose hope

By on December 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Windows Phone is circling the drain as longtime users lose hope

2014 has been a very bad year for Windows Phone. Not only has the platform’s market share been stagnant at best but it’s been more than a year since we’ve seen any flagship Windows Phone hardware on par with 2013’s Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520. In that time, Apple has released both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus and Android fans have had a feast of riches in the form of high-end flagship devices from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and OnePlus. Even BlackBerry has made its diehard fans happy with the release of the beastly BlackBerry Passport. Now things have gotten so bad that two high-profile Windows Phone users have said they’re quitting the platform this week until things change. More →

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Windows Phone Is Dead

Longtime Windows Phone user explains why Windows Phone has almost no shot in the U.S.

By on December 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Longtime Windows Phone user explains why Windows Phone has almost no shot in the U.S.

After showing some promise in 2013, Windows Phone adoption has largely stagnated in 2014, especially in the United States. ZDNet’s Ed Bott, who has used Windows Phone for years, recently threw up his hands in frustration because he’s sick and tired of wireless carriers — and Verizon in particular — not caring enough about Windows Phone users to help them get the latest updates and features on their devices. More →

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Windows Phone Is Not Dead

How Microsoft might get you to care about Windows Phone

By on December 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM.

How Microsoft might get you to care about Windows Phone

It’s impossible to argue that Windows Phone has been anything close to a success at this point but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should give up on it. In fact, unless Microsoft wants to get out of the software platform game all together, it has to establish at least some foothold in the mobile market. So what’s a tech giant to do? Jan Dawson has written a very smart column over at Techpinions that includes a three-step plan that could help Microsoft actually get people to care about Windows Phone. More →

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Huawei Windows Phone Cancelled

One of Microsoft’s only mobile partners gives up, says nobody can make money with Windows Phone

By on December 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

One of Microsoft’s only mobile partners gives up, says nobody can make money with Windows Phone

Following the launch of the original iPhone in 2007 and Android in 2008, Microsoft found itself painfully behind the times with its mobile operating system, then called Windows Mobile. So the company went back to the drawing board and built a brand new platform from scratch, ditching its boring old interface in favor of a beautiful modern user interface that focused on zero-touch, real-time information courtesy of live tiles.

Windows Phone was and is beautiful, unique and as smooth as a mobile operating system can be. And with each passing day, it looks more like a failure. More →

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Windows Phone has been a huge disappointment this year – but Microsoft isn’t worried yet

By on November 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM.

Windows Phone has been a huge disappointment this year – but Microsoft isn’t worried yet

It’s safe to say that Windows Phone has been a massive disappointment this year. Despite being a strong overall platform, it still hasn’t gained any traction and Microsoft hasn’t released any flagship hardware for the device so far on par with 2013’s Lumia 1020 or Lumia 1520. Business Insider reports, however, that Microsoft isn’t too concerned about its mobile operating system despite the fact that most third-party data suggests that its market share has either stagnated or even decline this year. More →

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First Microsoft Lumia Phone Leaked Photo

New leak reveals the first Microsoft-branded Lumia phone

By on November 3, 2014 at 7:45 AM.

New leak reveals the first Microsoft-branded Lumia phone

2014 has been a very quiet year for Windows Phone and we’ve been wondering when Microsoft would finally give the platform the high-end flagship device that it deserves. And unfortunately it looks like we’re still going to have to wait a while to get it because a new leak reveals that the first Microsoft-branded Lumia phone is going to be yet another budget model aimed at cost-conscious buyers in emerging markets. More →

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Here’s what to do if you accidentally buy a Windows Phone

By on October 16, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Here’s what to do if you accidentally buy a Windows Phone

Have you ever accidentally bought a Windows Phone and wished it were an iPhone or an Android phone instead? Chances are you probably haven’t, but that’s the only possible target market we can see for some new Windows Phone launchers that were designed solely to make your device’s home screen look like either iOS or Android. More →

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Blackberry Beats Android Windows Phone

BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most

By on October 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM.

BlackBerry is still beating Android and Windows Phone where it matters most

One of the last places that Blackberry has a foothold over Android and Windows Phones is Capitol Hill, which just happens to be a hugely important market for the company’s future hopes.

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Windows Phone Vs. Android

Windows Phone may join Android in a race to the bottom for cheap hardware

By on September 29, 2014 at 9:31 PM.

Windows Phone may join Android in a race to the bottom for cheap hardware

One reason that Android has spread so quickly is that Google allows anyone to use the bare bones of the platform for free. This has allowed venders in emerging markets such as Xiaomi and Micromax to crank out dirt-cheap Android handsets that have killer specs and that generate razor-thin margins for manufacturers. Of course, many of these cheapie handsets don’t have access to Android essentials such as the Google Play Store since Google actually does charge a licensing fee for manufacturers that want to use those features, but that doesn’t seem to matter to many buyers who just want an ultra-affordable smartphone. More →

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