One of the big reasons I still miss Windows Phone is because it pushed both Apple and Google to do better.
Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Windows Phone have more in common than we may think. They all have died without fame, but they were forerunners of the new.
Back when it launched, Microsoft had a good shot at creating a third mobile platform and unnerved the competition. Google refused to build Windows Phone apps, and a public feud over a YouTube app and the blocking of services on Windows Phone devices made it clear Google would do anything to stop Windows Phone.
One of the big reasons Microsoft is giving up on Windows Phone is because developers never backed the platform. Microsoft had many problems with its Windows Phone app store, and the inability to retain apps once they were developed. “We have tried very hard to incent app devs,” explains Belfiore. “Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest.”
Windows Phone has no future, it’s over. Microsoft will continue supporting it, but with no new flagship hardware and no OS updates, it’s a forgotten and dead platform.
Windows Phone failed because of many mistakes.
- Metro UI was too original. It was not familiar to users.
- Microsoft’s third party app ecosystem was poor.
- There were more wars inside Microsoft that thinking about the final product.
- Technology won over user needs.