Dvorak: Panic-stricken Microsoft just killed the Windows Phone OS

“There will be a lot of stories analyzing the Windows Phone 8 which appears on the heels of Phone 7 hitting the streets. Apparently the most aggressive features on Phone 8 will not run on the latest Nokia Lumia phones, thus not allowing an upgrade for users,” John C. Dvorak writes for PC Magazine. “This Nokia-Microsoft thing is rather weird since everyone thought that the connection between the two companies was tight. After all, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop came from Microsoft, where he was in charge of the business division. How he manages to keep his job at Nokia is amazing and we all should assume that Microsoft is doing all this to buy Nokia outright. I guess Redmond would rather buy Nokia in shambles than buy it healthy. It’s cheaper.”

Dvorak asks, “Exactly what is the Microsoft marketing department thinking with this announcement? The Windows Phone 7 is getting no traction and Microsoft wants people to pay some attention to it. So they decide to submarine the whole OS with a new version that isn’t immediately available? Was this a move to sell more Windows Phones by Nokia? Really? Are they that brain-dead?”

“After pulling this stunt, Microsoft hopes to get other vendors on board with the Windows Phone OS? What company would ever do it? In a panic move Microsoft has killed Windows Phone,” Dvorak writes. “They’ve killed it dead. You watch.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Of course, Microsoft has frozen the Windows Phone market until “this fall,” but the phones weren’t really selling anyway, so basically they lose another 3-4 months when they’re already years behind. Better to try to unify the mess with one codebase (even if it is Windows) than to continue with what they had, but, really: tick-tock, tick-tock.

Nokia’s Lumia 900 being left out of the upgrade path does smack of last minute, panicked changes. Also, it’s quite possible, even more likely with what we know now about the Lumia’s inability to be upgraded to WP8, that Microsoft simply wanted to kill Nokia all along. This whole Nokia fiasco could have just been Microsoft’s plan to get MeeGo out of their way. Microsoft does hate the guts out of Linux, after all, and MeeGo could have been in a position to become the replacement for Android that the market may be looking for when all of the courts have finally had their say.

We still think that Android has more than enough issues – fragmentation, legal, and otherwise – to open the door to the “not-iPhone” market for Microsoft to finally walk through.

That said, freezing your own market for another 1/4 or 1/3 of a year certainly doesn’t help Microsoft. Luckily, the interminable court systems of the world give Microsoft plenty of time to have something ready for when handset makers just might be desperately looking for something to replace Android.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “dslarsen” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
How Steve Jobs changed the game and forced Microsoft to try playing by Apple’s rules – June 21, 2012
Full 2-hour video: Microsoft details Windows Phone 8 – June 21, 2012
Nokia cuts jobs, slashes R&D; adopts Microsoft’s Windows Phone ’07 in iPhone killer quest – February 11, 2011

63 Comments

    1. I enjoy laughing at u tarts. Apple is doomed when windows 8 hit shelves, let me put it this way If Jobs was alive he’d be getting fired again. HE’S IN HELL THANKING LUCIFER HE’S NOT ALIVE !! THIS TIME AROUND.

        1. i was actually thinking of a doctor with particular skills in obtaining difficult-to-extract information. This guy would make a wonderful test subject for newly “enhanced” techniques…

      1. Hey Jexhu that’s high-larious. A good one. Hah-hah! Doomed, heh. Boy MS sure is putting on a good fireworks show for their fast demise eh? I sure hope Redmond, WA has some used car lots there so Ballmer has a place to go after scorching Microsoft into the earth.

      2. Looks like a hater has found us. Every so often we get one of these losers. Here on an Apple fan site to upset us somehow? Wow, that seems like a great use of your time. There is not a thing you can say to anyone here that would be of any consequence. We have simply moved on in life. It kind of reminds of he who protests things the most. Usually, there is an underlying desire to be part of the very thing being protested. I bet you don’t like Boy George either.

  1. Finally Dvorak gets something right: “So [Microsoft] decides to submarine the whole OS…”

    Well, yeah, what else are you going to do when your new flagship is called “surface”?

    I’m calling it here first: When this folly gets axed they’ll rename it “Dive”

    1. That submarine is being readied for a reef-building operation. NOAA has OK’d piling the Lumias atop the Zune and Blackberry Playbook layers, and provisionally will allow the addition of Windows 8 tablets (in the event that they fail to sell).

      At least they are going green.

  2. ..“Exactly what is the Microsoft marketing department thinking..”
    That exactly the problem, they weren’t thinking and never have. And the main problem is not just the marketing department not thinking, but all divisions inside microsoft starting with the CEO.

      1. When you have carried water for Microsoft as long as John C. has, and are pop-eyed at the company’s miserable bungling, and are a last straggler in the dwindling army of Microsycophants, you will head for the exit with an oath and a curse.

        Welcome back to the land of the living, John C.

  3. He’s actually right…

    The whole Microsoft/Nokia relationship has been a huge failure. When the whole partnership was announced, I assumed the two companies had been working together in secret for months to have a product to launch at the same time as the partnership announcement. Instead, all they had were some pretty Photoshop mockups. How long did it take for the first Nokia Windows Phone to appear? By then, no one cared.

    Now, “everyone” knows that those Nokia phones cannot be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. We expect that from Android, but I thought Microsoft was working closely with Nokia.

      1. Maybe. They’ve had NT running in the embedded space for years but I don’t know what the track record on energy consumption with the NT kernel has been in that space.

        Reading the link posted a few comments down leads me to now believe that its not so much power requirements, but a case of MS not wanting to tailor Winphone 8 to the older hardware. They probably don’t see the investment as being worthwhile considering the sales.

        Either way not good for the customers who have already purchased. At least with an Android phone you have might have the option of rooting and upgrading on your own but with WinPhone its going to be a brick wall at a dead end.

        1. And Microsoft already abandoned all the WinCE v6 users with Windows Phone 7. That’s total abandonment of two previous generations of users and developers. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. SOS: Same old shite.

  4. I guess Redmond would rather buy Nokia in shambles than buy it healthy. It’s cheaper.

    That’s desperate, and very stupid. I have to wonder what’s in the water in Redmond. And Nokia was already hitting the skids before this bizarro Microsoft move. To me it’s sort of like roasting your marshmallow, then plunging it into the fire and watching it burn. Then you pull it out, reduced to a little chunk of carbon, and eating it. Smooth move. 😯

  5. Gotta love this paragraph: “Wow. I have never seen anything like this, ever. It’s as if someone gave a fully loaded automatic pistol to a seven-year-old and told them to go play outside with their friends and didn’t expect anything bad to happen.” I think the seven year old was Ballmer and Gates gave him the gun.

    1. I hope people stop writing things like this in articles. The board may take notice. Ballmer hasn’t finished his job yet. We need him there a little longer.

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