The protracted death of Windows Phone continues with Microsoft hammering three more nails into the coffin of their maligned mobile platform. The company has decided to retire Yammer, Microsoft Teams and Skype with the iOS and Android versions attracting developement effort, at the expense of WIndows Phone.
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Technology comes and goes. If you've grown up with technology you'll know that one-time favourite devices and services can enter the world with a bang and then fade away. When I started playing with mobile devices - they were called PDAs, or personal digital assistants, back then - Psion was a big deal before Palm stepped in with their wonderfully easy-to-use devices before they were usurped by Windows CE and the Pocket PC. And now, we see the disappearance of yet another platform - the Windows Phone.
This week, IDC released its latest figures for Australian smartphone shipments. For the first time in a while, iOS is leading the mobile OS pack, with a total shipment volume of 1.75 million units in Q4 2017. Android isn't too far behind, with close to 1.4 million. So where does that leave Windows Phone?
Sadly, Microsoft-fueled handsets managed to sell just 45 units in Q4 2017. That's forty-five phones over three months, Australia wide. This works out to a market share of 0.00 per cent. Ouch.
Back in the 1990s, one company pretty much dominated mobile computing. That company was Palm. But, by the end of the last millennium, Microsoft decided that mobile computing was a big deal and they sunk a bunch of effort in developing Windows CE, then Pocket PC and eventually, Windows Mobile. Palm disappeared and Microsoft ruled the roost for a while. But then Apple released the iPhone, Google released Android and Microsoft found themselves dumped from leadership to being an also-ran in very short time. And after trying to reassert themselves, Microsoft has finally given up on Windows Phone. Which is a shame.
In October, Microsoft admitted that its Windows Phone line was pretty much totally dead after failing to attract app developers, and its market share plummeted from 0.8 per cent to 0.1 per cent by 2017. Even corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore said that he had switched to Android. The company looked an awful lot as though it was transitioning to porting its own apps for the competition, iOS and Android, though Belfiore said current owners of its line could expect continued updates.
Although Microsoft's efforts to break into the smartphone market have not gone to plan, they are still pushing out updates for the platform. MSPowerUser reports that even though many devices are no longer eligible for feature updates, they can get other cumulative updates.