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Is Microsoft abandoning its mobile operating systems?

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#1 Boz


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 20:35





In recent weeks Microsoft has been doing some odd things with mobile operating systems, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8. I think Microsoft is moving towards dropping its mobile OSs in favor of supporting Microsoft applications on other platforms and eventually replacing them with Windows 8.1 on their own devices.

First, some background. Goodness knows Windows 8 has been a market failure, but it's a rip-roaring success compared to Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 (WP8).

WP8 has finally clawed its way up to third place on smartphone operating systems with 3.2-percent of the market. Android owns the smartphone market though with 75-percent of the market and Apple's iOS hanging on to 17.3-percent.

You might think WP8's growth was good news, but its rise has far more to do with Windows and Symbian's fall than its own organic growth. What's even more telling is that developers seem to be abandoning the platform.





#2 XerXis


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:02

Yes, and they're also going to stop existing in 10 years

#3 Ace



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:16

Windows 8, RT and WP are all doing better than Google's ChromeOS.



#4 macel


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:26

Apparently the article was so bad that even zdnet deleted it? Getting a 404 page.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:27

Microsoft is going full stream ahead with Windows Phone, sure in recent weeks the talk has all been about Xbox and Windows 8.1 and Windows RT, but Windows Phone is doing about as good as it can with the competition. 

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:27

Microsoft made some quite basic errors with their mobile operating systems.

Windows 8 RT? Good idea. Badly executed. To almost all consumers: WTF is RT?  RT first of all should not carry the windows 8 badge, and certainly should not carry an arbitrary RT badge. RT means sweet FA. They should have called it something meaningful and communicated that with customers.


In fact they seem to have fired everyone who has the ability to communicate ideas to the public properly. Same happend with Xbox One, had some good ideas, communicated them poorly. Resulting backlash meant a u-turn on it.


Also, I hope they are not abandoning windows phone 8. I have a lot of problems with Win8 (which 8.1 looks like it will fix) but I LOVE win phone 8.  It is awesome and doesn't get the attention it deserves. 

#7 vcfan


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:27

its always amusing reading comments like these. theres a reason youre making this thread and posting charts. someones getting nervous. and even zdnet was embarrassed enough to pull the article down.

#8 farmeunit


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:28

Windows 8, RT and WP are all doing better than Google's ChromeOS.



And your point is...?

#9 rfirth


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:39



Does this graph even make sense to anyone?


Better question... why is Android app development down so dramatically 6 months?

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:41

Funny how a new OS is suddenly judged by it's market share (which will be diminishing if the sales do not grow proportionally with the numbers that are already in the market) or their shipments of devices.

I remember Android being a complete joke for its first two years after which it finally started to get some steam. Mostly because it was the only thing available to plunge into the iOS dominated iPhone market with "me-too" products (let's face it, most of the phones back then running Android had largely same specs and only varied in the homescreen, design and to a lesser extent, screen size).


Windows RT and Windows Phone have entered fairly late into the game into a well entrenched market. There are here to stay for at least a while longer and it's just a matter of time before Microsoft calls it quits (unlikely) or they get some good mindshare in the world. All of these posts are FUD or simply cheap shots at a competitors product to justify the use of gadgets from your own favorite company.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 21:55

*sniff* *sniff* - I think I smell another rotten SJVN article that was too much cow ****, too little facts. First of all, Windows RT doesn't even exist outside of Microsoft's Surface RT tablet...


Windows RT and Windows Phone aren't going anywhere. If they were, we would know by now. C'mon people, think McFly, think!

#12 thealexweb


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Posted 23 June 2013 - 22:05

Windows 8, RT and WP are all doing better than Google's ChromeOS.




That is not a good defence to use XD

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 22:08

 RT first of all should not carry the windows 8 badge


It doesn't. 

#14 Nilus



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 22:13

It doesn't. 

Wherever you see it in stores or advertised it is always bundled in with windows 8. It has no unique marketing of its own and that's Microsofts fault.

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 22:24

Back to the original question is MS abandoning its mobile OS..............No of course not if anything they will invariably invest more into the system design and its advertising .This at the same time they extend their range to include in-car operating systems with built in crash protection.