Mobile first, Windows last

by Volker Weber

Windows Phone users are used to waiting for Microsoft to deliver on its promises, but the company has been testing their patience recently. ... Office is the latest proof of a continuous trend that's leaving Microsoft's most-loyal Windows customers out in the cold.

The Verge is running a story I meant to write for a long while but never got to it. If you buy a Lumia, you expect to be served first. But as is stands, you are being served last. Or not at all.

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May be Microsoft is softly abandoning Windows Phone because of the lack of market share.

Frank van der LInden, 2014-11-14 12:14

It certainly looks like it. But OTOH, Microsoft is unifying Windows with version 10. And they try to serve their customers, who mostly have other platforms. In the past, Microsoft would have used Windows as a lever, but that no longer works, since they no longer have the dominant platform, outside of PCs or course.

Volker Weber, 2014-11-14 12:17

I personally think, it's a tooling question. You can't code what you can't code...

Richard Kaufmann, 2014-11-14 13:53

Would Microsoft acquire Lumia from Nokia, to then abandon WP?

I guess that wouldn't be unlike their normal business decisions, but still! :)

Pedro Quaresma, 2014-11-14 16:08

In 2011 i bought a Samsung Wave 3 (i considered a HP Pre 3 as an alternative...). Samsung discontinued bada.
In 2013 i bought a Lumia 920. Now bad news after another about Windows Phone.
Riding dead horses sucks.
Looks like i have to spend the money for an iPhone the next time i need a smartphone.

@Pedro
HP acquired Palm and abandoned webOS

Manfred Wiktorin, 2014-11-14 18:33

Your Lumia is not a dead horse. Not at all. It is still getting all the Microsoft love. And it will upgrade to Windows 10 next year. It's just that Microsoft is very s-l-o-w.

Volker Weber, 2014-11-14 19:18

> I personally think, it's a tooling question. You can't code what you can't code...

You'd have to explain that one to me, Richard. With previously Visual Studio Express for WP and now VS Community Edition, the (now open-sourced) .NET Platform and considering you don't have to pay anymore to be allowed to put up an App on the store, I can't quite see where the hindrance is to code for the WP platform.

With people using the Xamarin stack, a Windows Phone app is almost a by-product. Thing is, the market share is that low that even just slapping a couple of XAML forms onto shared pcl libraries seems too much of an effort.

Admittedly, the cost of Xamarin tooling is a handful for a private developer.

Frank Quednau, 2014-11-15 10:34

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