We saw Hubs go, we saw Panoramas go, we saw the unique user interface of the camera app (with its instant preview) on Windows Phone go, we saw camera buttons go, we even saw the app bar go, leaving precious little of what made Windows Phone Windows Phone.
It seems clear to me that the next thing to go will be the Start Screen, composed of Live Tiles. Windows 10 desktop already de-emphasizes Live Tiles, and it would not take much more to abolish them completely.The reason is simple – Microsoft is trying to create a user interface familiar to iOS and Android users, and apparently the stark appearance of Windows Phone is turning them off.
In Jon Bell’s words:
The stark look of Windows Phone seemed to turn off more people than fell in love with it. I know here in this forum we’re all fans but in the mainstream marketing was only one problem.
In addition Microsoft is working on Android app compatibility, and those apps often come with widgets for the home screen, suggesting the unique Windows Phone home screen will not be wanted anymore, and Windows Phone will then be nothing more than Microsoft’s version of Android.
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