The iPhone wins, Microsoft will not support Windows Phone — 2022
an era ends, the Iphone It has been the winner in the face of the repeated innovations that Windows Phone has been including over the last few years. On this day, Microsoft stops supporting Windows Phone 8.1 . Goodbye to Microsoft in the world of mobile phones.
Windows Phone sought to compete with the iPhone and lost
The history of Windows Phone is not as short as many may think. Microsoft's operating system was released in 2010 and, oddly enough, in just three years it became the third most popular mobile operating system in the world Does anyone know what is the third mobile operating system worldwide? neither do I.
Though Microsoft tried, its mobile platform came too late to market. Windows Phone could not compete with the potential already reached by Apple and Google in 2010 . In that year, Android continued to mature despite being far behind iOS. By contrast, Apple made the leap to the first applications for the iPad. Currently, both companies continue to monopolize almost the entire world mobile market ( 99.6% market share for both ).
Is it the definitive end of Microsoft in this segment?
The short answer is no (not at all). Microsoft continues to sell a limited number of smartphones that run its latest operating system, Windows 10 Mobile.
However, some decisions reached at the top of Microsoft suggest that if this is not the final end, we are quite close. Windows 10 Mobile has only received minor updates focused on improving system stability and security .
If we add to that the commitment of Microsoft and its CEO Satya Nadella to focus the company on the world of intelligent clouds, everything indicates that Microsoft will end up definitively withdrawing from the world of smartphones in the coming months.
Microsoft stopped making its own Lumia smartphones a few months ago. According to some American media such as The Verge , The Redmond company will only maintain support for Windows 10 Mobile until 2018 . Like BlackBerry or Nokia, Windows Phone is another victim of the iPhone (and Android phones).
These devices have revolutionized the mobile market, marking a before and after among consumers themselves. An industry where if you succeed, you become very rich. However, if you don't, you end up dying... ask BlackBerry, Nokia o Palm .
Gone are those years where Steve Ballmer (former CEO of Microsoft) laughed at the price and the touch screen of the iPhone when Steve Jobs introduced the world to the iPhone. They went from laughing at the iPhone to trying copy their tactic of creating devices with their own hardware and software , however, they arrived on the market very late and that, together with the lack of official applications, ended up penalizing them excessively. I guess it's always good to remember the saying that goes: he who laughs last, laughs best .