“Microsoft is further scaling back its flagging phone business, exiting the consumer market and cutting another 1,850 jobs,” Ina Fried reports for Recode. “As part of the move announced Wednesday, Microsoft will take a $950 million charge and cut what little remained of its Finland-based phone hardware business, unwinding the last of its disastrous $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s phone unit.”
“Last week, Microsoft announced separately that it was selling what was left of its low-end ‘feature phone’ business,” Fried reports. “Despite all the cuts — and having already seen its market share dip below 1 percent — Microsoft says it isn’t totally out of the phone-making business.
“The company insists it will continue to serve phones aimed at the business market and license Windows 10 to any other hardware makers that want to give Windows Phone a try,” Fried reports. “While the company said Wednesday to expect new Microsoft-made phone models, it declined to offer any specifics on its future hardware roadmap or to say why an even more decimated phone lineup will have greater appeal than the current one.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Without further ado, below are some memories of Microsoft’s funeral procession for Apple’s iPhone — attended by the FPSRR (Future Pink Slip Recipients of Redmond) — which these rocket scientists held in September 2010 (long after everyone else on the planet already knew they’d had their asses thoroughly beaten by Steve Jobs & Company).
Oh, wait, here’s just a bit of delicious ado first:
• IDC: Windows Phone to surpass Apple’s iOS by 2015 – June 10, 2011
• IDC: Windows Phone to surpass Apple’s iOS by 2016 – June 6, 2012
• IDC: Windows Phone will not surpass Apple’s iOS by 2018 – December 2, 2014
Cue the funeral for Microsoft’s Windows Phone – April 22, 2016
Microsoft’s Windows Phone is Zuned – January 30, 2016
Beleaguered Microsoft’s moribund Windows Phone may finally be dead – January 7, 2015
Microsoft holds iPhone funeral procession to celebrate upcoming Windows Phone 7 release (w/ video) – September 10, 2010