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Windows Phone 8.1 Is Officially Dead

Only Android and iOS is left

If you’re one of the rare unicorns that still love Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, we have bad news for you: today marks the final day that the firm from Redmond will be supporting Windows Phone 8.1, three years after the platform launched back in 2014. With Microsoft pulling the plug on their erstwhile mobile phone OS, only two competitors are left standing: Android and iOS.

And if you think that our obituary is a little premature considering there are phones still running Windows 10 Mobile, know that only a scant 20% of Windows phones currently in the market are running that particular OS, and around 80% are running Windows Phone 8.1. Make no mistake, Microsoft’s mobile phone efforts is effectively dead in the water. All that’s left is the crying.

Even Windows 10 Mobile has not seen a big update since last year, which is an ominous sign of Microsoft’s ambivalence to the smartphone platform. Aside from HP, there hasn’t been any big company that has released a Windows Phone-powered smartphone. It’s obvious that Microsoft has given up on its mobile ambitions, at least for now.

Goodbye Windows Phone, you had a good run.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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5 Comments

  1. Sa totoo lang, magandang OS naman ang windows at stable pa. One thing that Microsoft didn’t take good look at is customizability. That is the biggest advantage of Android over iOS and windows. Next is the app store. Though they have app store but no one wants to develop apps for windows phone. Simply because there is little market on that platform. And Android already making a killing on its own Play store. Apple already have iTunes in place before they launched the very first iPhone. While Android, relied heavily to develop apps on touch screen devices in which the populace embrace. Its one of a kind back then when touch screen is new in the market. Nokia had touch screen devices but its resistive. I call it “bangga” screen kasi you have to push hard to activate or mabangga lang, activated na.

    Personally, I prefer Android because of customization feature. I like to customize my phone for personal use. At sinasabi ng phone, I own it and I’m proud of it. Wala yan sa Windows at iOS.

    Different people have different taste. So, whatever you prefer, no one has the right to say what you should do and want.

  2. ang tunay na problem ay wla masyadong apps para sa mga users kaya ayun namatay na siya, kung may windows version sana yung ibang apps, hindi malalaos ang windows

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