Windows Phone is dead, but Microsoft isn't getting out of mobile -- in fact it's redoubling its efforts. With plenty of apps for iOS and Android out now and improving fast, you can recreate much of the feel of a Windows Phone on your existing handset, as long as you can live without those rotating tiles. Here's how to go all-in with Microsoft on mobile.
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In case the lack of new phones or software updates didn't already clue you in, Microsoft has shut down any efforts to keep Windows Mobile 10 alive. On Twitter, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore stated that the company is no longer actively developing new features or hardware for the platform, and that he has even switched over to an Android phone for his personal mobile needs.
It has been nearly two years since Microsoft introduced a new Windows phone. Sure, HP is still making Windows phones and marketing them to businesses, but Microsoft has been basically silent on the subject of its flagging mobile platform since 2015. There have been zero flagship devices, despite the persistent rumours of a super Surface phone. Logic dictates that Microsoft needs to get in the game here.
Thanks to Oppo, ZTE, HTC, Sony and Huawei, Android share in Australia increased from 54.5 per cent to 58.2 per cent in the last year - not a bad little bump. But with the launch of the iPhone 7, iOS managed to claw back market share - from 33 per cent to 37.1 per cent since August this year.
And in the Australian Apple Vs Android race, Windows phone is still the banana. Only 2.3 per cent of Aussies use a Windows phone.
Opinion: PayPal is the latest company to join a long list to ditch support for the “fringe” phone operating systems: Microsoft’s Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Amazon’s Fire OS. This decision comes on the heels of Microsoft’s announcement of getting rid of a further 1,850 jobs, most of them from what remains of the staff that came to Microsoft from its acquisition of Nokia.
A few years after taking a $US900 million slug on the bold failure that was the Surface RT tablet, Microsoft has suffered another painful hit in its devices portfolio. The company is cutting approximately 1850 jobs around the world and taking a $US950 million impairment charge on its smartphone hardware business, and this marks effectively the final nail in the coffin of the once powerful Nokia.
Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, blah blah blah... change the record, can't you? Stand out from the crowd by using one of these lesser-known jukebox apps to listen to your tunes on your smartphone. In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.