Beleaguered Microsoft’s moribund Windows Phone may finally be dead

“Microsoft’s attempt to climb back into the mobile phone race may finally be drawing its final breaths,” Chris O’Brien writes for VentureBeat.

“The latest market share numbers for mobile operating systems point to an absolute bloodbath for Windows Phone,” O’Brien writes. “Nobody was under the illusion that Windows Phones were doing well, but Kantar Worldpanel ComTech figures for the three months ending November 2014 indicate that they are on the cusp of almost total irrelevance.”

“Windows Phone market share fell to 3 percent in the U.S., down from 4.3 percent for the same period a year ago,” O’Brien reports. “In Europe’s five biggest markets (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain), market share dropped from 9.8 percent to 8.3 percent in November 2014. Only Germany saw an uptick in market share.”

MacDailyNews Take: The Germans must be researching what not to do in electronics and software engineering.

O’Brien reports, “And in China, the Windows Phone has been all but wiped out as market share fell from 2.7 percent to .6 percent.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Karma destroys hubris every single time:

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47 Comments

  1. Reading the terms “dead”, “bloodbath”, “final last breath”, in lieu of terms like “no longer in production” or “discontinued” is sure indicative of a group that has a death wish fetish. No wonder they are promoting torture as being all right, no need to prosecute. When it comes to a total lack of ethics in controlling public opinion it’s “Mission Accomplished.”

      1. I’ve been posting at MDN for a while, well before Zune Thang, and I am aware that the tech media has nurtured and proliferated those sorts of terms for quite some time, be it Apple or Microsoft or anyone they can apply the terms to.

    1. Apple is promoting torture as being all right? Apple is doing no such thing, and for the record, psychological fake out is not torture AND terrorists haven’t signed the Geneva convention.

    1. They recently opened a Microsoft store in Baybrook Mall (Houston Clear Lake Area) across from the Apple Store and beside the Victoria’s Secret. It would be funny if it closed just a few months later.

  2. I’m a Canadian currently working in Germany, and as strange as it sounds Germans are pretty clueless as far as tech is concerned. This is bottom-feeder Samsung country, the only thing that’s important is price. The Germans export quality products, but for themselves it can’t be cheap enough. It’s not as if they don’t have money, but they’d rather spend it on cheap touristy travel.

  3. Microsoft produced Windows Phones will no longer have the Nokia name on them, this will be the final nail in the coffin in Europe where there was a strong brand loyalty for Nokia handsets.

  4. I loathe MS Phone, and what they did to the formerly great Nokia. However, gloating about their dismal sales performance is not appropriate.

    Why? Because the marketplace needs competition! Apple will become fat, slow, and lazy without competition, just like any other company. Some of us have been watching this happen already, and it is has shown up in shoddy software quality from Apple in the last few years.

    Ballmer and Gates are old news. Apple needs Microsoft to remain in business if nothing else than to provide another measuring stick to compare itself to.

    By the way, for the uninformed amongst you, iOS7 clearly borrowed/stole/copied huge amounts of the Windows Phone design and GUI. Of course, deniers will should me down, but anyone with a brain can see that iOS users weren’t forced to swipe things all around the screen or deal with saturated blocky elements or tasteless illegible skinny font until Ive started messing around with Windows phones. Big mistake, but that’s the reality of the situation.

    1. I do agree about competition, however Android is giving Apple more competition then Microsoft has even tried. As far as Apple copying Windows phone it’s not as much as you think. The metaphor is very different. iOS 7 and 8 has a layered 3-D interface to give reference to where the last place you were and how to get back there. Yes the look is more flat now but It does not work like the Windows tiles do. Apple copied more from webOS than anything else. Another OS that was going to kill iOS.

    2. Apples best competition is Apple. They have for years been in the lucrative top segment and exceeded expectations both in techical development, design, innovation, business concepts and in profit. MS hasn’t been there for ages, if ever.

    3. I don’t think its in Apple’s DNA to become fat, slow or lazy in regards to their products.. the complexity of which maybe causing them issues, but I believe they will resolve all the issues at hand..

      1. Apple GOT fat in the late 80s and 90s.

        That’s one of the reasons it went almost bankrupt.

        Let’s remember what Steve jobs did as soon as he got back: He cut the fat!

        So, not being fat was not in Steve’s DNA, and I don’t think it’s in this management’s DNA.

        But nothing ensures new management, and nothing ensured it won’t get fat again.

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