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Old 09-10-2017, 08:42 PM   #1
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Windows 10 mobile on life support...

Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile
By Leo Kelion
Technology desk editor

Microsoft said creating Windows 10 Mobile phones was not a "focus" for the company
Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions.
The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".
Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.
Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.
The OS accounted for just 0.03% of the global market - based on smartphone shipments - between April and June, according to research company IDC.
The market intelligence provider said the news had been a long time coming.
"There wasn't a wide range of devices running Windows 10 Mobile, so it wasn't attractive to retailers or operators," said IDC's Francisco Jeronimo.
"And from a consumer perspective, the operating system didn't provide as good an experience as Android or iOS."
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Mr Belfiore headed up Microsoft's Windows Phone platform before it moved to Windows 10 Mobile
Mr Belfiore began a series of tweets on Sunday by discussing the recent launch of a test version of Microsoft's Edge web browser for Android and iOS - the latest in a series of releases of its core software for rival mobile platforms.
He then went on to respond to questions about whether there was any point sticking with Windows 10 Mobile.
He said that while Microsoft would support the "many companies" that had adopted the platform, he had switched to Android for the diversity of its apps and hardware.
"Of course we'll continue to support the platform... bug fixes, security updates, et cetera," he said.
"But building new features or hardware is not the focus."
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Mr Belfiore posted Microsoft had tried "very hard" to incentivise other companies to release universal apps - even writing their software for them in some cases - but the number of users had been too low for most to bother.
The announcement comes a week after HP had said it no longer planned to release further Windows 10 Mobile handsets, and a fortnight after Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates disclosed that he had already made the switch to Android.
However, some manufacturers - including the UK's Wileyfox and Germany's TrekStor - had unveiled new models powered by Windows 10 Mobile as recently as last month.
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"Most Microsoft applications are now available and supported on other mobile operating systems," said Mr Jeronimo.
"After Satya Nadella took over [as chief executive], that clearly became the strategy - and after that happened what incentive was there to buy a Windows-powered phone?"
However, Microsoft may not have given up on powering smartphones altogether.
Earlier this year, Windows Central reported the company was working on a new version of Windows 10 - codenamed Andromeda - that would run on all types of computer and make it possible for third-party apps to adapt without having to code a special "universal" version.
It said the OS was due for release next year, but suggested the code would not be offered as an upgrade to existing Windows 10 Mobile devices.
A spokeswoman for Microsoft was unable to provide further comment.

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Old 13-10-2017, 07:25 AM   #2
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Life support? Has been on life support for years, think the announcement is more like pull the plug on life support :p



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Microsoft bought Nokia to kill Windows phone !
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Old 21-10-2017, 07:36 PM   #4
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Microsoft bought Nokia to kill Windows phone !
Don't blame Nokia. Actually its MS that killed Nokia phone with trojan Elop.. Fortunately Nokia is back from the dead. HMD will make Nokia great again!
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Old 21-10-2017, 08:58 PM   #5
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Hmm. Had been using a Lumia 950 until yesterday when I bought a Nokia 8. Actually the Lumia 950 still works well. Yea lah, the apps choices no fight, but the stock apps and the updates to WhatsApp, Microsoft weather, news, camera, maps are still ongoing. It's still working with and battery life can last a day easily (light user with mostly WhatsApp, surfing and some photo-taking). Camera quality is really good too. Will use as a spare phone now that it's so-called cousin Nokia 8 is now the main driver.
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Hmm. Had been using a Lumia 950 until yesterday when I bought a Nokia 8. Actually the Lumia 950 still works well. Yea lah, the apps choices no fight, but the stock apps and the updates to WhatsApp, Microsoft weather, news, camera, maps are still ongoing. It's still working with and battery life can last a day easily (light user with mostly WhatsApp, surfing and some photo-taking). Camera quality is really good too. Will use as a spare phone now that it's so-called cousin Nokia 8 is now the main driver.
hope you enjoy nokia 8.

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Yah, I still have my 950 but battery cannot last whole day now . Also no fingerprint sensor is sort do a handicap. Nowadays just use it for fun and keep it updated to the latest software and apps. I agree the camera is very good.

Hmm. Had been using a Lumia 950 until yesterday when I bought a Nokia 8. Actually the Lumia 950 still works well. Yea lah, the apps choices no fight, but the stock apps and the updates to WhatsApp, Microsoft weather, news, camera, maps are still ongoing. It's still working with and battery life can last a day easily (light user with mostly WhatsApp, surfing and some photo-taking). Camera quality is really good too. Will use as a spare phone now that it's so-called cousin Nokia 8 is now the main driver.
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Old 23-10-2017, 02:48 PM   #8
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Yah, I still have my 950 but battery cannot last whole day now . Also no fingerprint sensor is sort do a handicap. Nowadays just use it for fun and keep it updated to the latest software and apps. I agree the camera is very good.


Maybe buy a new battery online? Lumia 950 battery is user exchangeable
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Maybe buy a new battery online? Lumia 950 battery is user exchangeable
yeah, I have 2 cheong one from china. The original one already bloat liao. You can literally spin it on a table
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Old 27-11-2017, 03:15 PM   #10
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I'm honestly surprised that this sub forum hasn't been archived yet. It's sad to see Windows Phone/Mobile go, but MS isn't putting even the slightest effort into it anymore, so we can only settle for apps that emulate the experience on Android.
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Ah... I'm using HP Elite X3 and 950XL. Everything still works! Even the continue from Mobile to Desktop feature also work, even though it wasn't advertised.
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My 830 is getting slower and slower with more and more issues......

I don't get notifications sounds of new emails
my WhatsApp and Skype take an age to resume
most Skype and a lot of WhatsApp calls cannot be connected
GPS just can never find me
Windows Calculator is forever trying to update in Store, always Error


I'm awaiting the next round of MWC launches in a couple of weeks to see what'll be coming soon and what will replace my 830. Sadly looks like need to leave WP10 behind and find myself something like a Nokia 8, Mi7, 1+6, P10 or similarly available.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:16 AM   #13
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Normally I will suggest a hard-reset, but 830? Please get a new Elite X3 if u still wanna continue the WM road or it's time to take a hard look at other mid-range phones.
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