Microsoft’s Windows phones may still work, but they’re pretty much still dead. In a tweet thread that should seem familiar, we are reminded of Microsoft’s tactics when it comes to shutting down a service.
First, there is a slow cessation of support. Then essential services are turned off one by one until one day, the users are left realising that the music has stopped and Microsoft has taken all the chairs away. We’ve seen this with Groove, the Microsoft Band, Zune, Windows Phone 8, 7 etc.
In a conversation about increasingly non-functional Windows Phone 7.8 Jason Howard, Senior Program Manager for Windows Insider Engineering at Microsoft, shed some light on Microsoft’s Modus Operandi for discontinuing a product without really telling anyone.
I get how it can be confusing. We "officially" end support, but some pieces are still alive… until they aren't. Akin to slowly dimming the lights until they're out and then all the sudden "Hey, it's dark, who did that?". Just my bystander perspective though.
— Jason (@NorthFaceHiker) March 14, 2018
Similarly, Microsoft has all but ceased support for Windows 10 Mobile, and while many users still cling on to their devices hoping for something — anything — it’s more likely that they will wake up disappointed one day when Microsoft finally pulls the plug.
Microsoft offers excellent support for users on Android and the iPhone, and those platforms are in no danger of dying anytime soon.
With the Windows 10 Spring Update and Timeline, using your Windows PC with a non-Windows phone will get better than ever, so why suffer for no reason.
Microsoft is rumoured to be launching a new Surface foldable device code-named Andromedia later this year.