This really amused me. It also shows the mood of those watching the current decline of Windows Mobile.
The fan website Windows Central, has published an article to recommend a specific android phone, to windows phone users that are leaving – especially those not familiar with android.
Recently, a shift happened in the WinMo community. I mean April 2017. It felt like their hope for WinMo10 just slid off them, and they had finally stopped hoping for a recovery of the platform they love to use.
The same thing happens to me at the same time, I really noticed it.
From reading others comments and comparing my own impressions, I put this collective shift down to:
1. Lack of information about Microsoft intention for the platform. They just repeat the same line of being committed to it, without actually producing anything to convince anyone they really are committed to it. Its not enough for people, for too long. Personally, I think they are as they say, they have a strategy, but nothing concrete to announce.
2. An absence of new devices running WinMo10. It has been a while since anyone released a new device for this platform. This says to the world that manufacturers aren’t sure they can make a profit of of it.
3. The latest "creators update", wont support a few older devices (years and years old!), yet there aren’t new devices to take their place. The range of choices is shrinking. Perhaps this was the thing that triggered the recent shift.
Microsoft hasn’t much to show at the moment, but it has made its intention clear, repeatedly. It knows mobile is a huge deal and its looking for a way to get back in. It clearly wants windows running on mobile devices.
Currently MS is doing something successfully by providing its services on all the major mobile platforms. This will help future platform uptake.
What will actually cause people in large numbers to change to WinMo in this unusually poor economic climate? Maybe now is just the wrong time.
Its worth looking back at the very successful windows phone, the Lumia 520. That single device was responsible for so much platform growth. It got people started with windows mobile. Tizen is repeating this right now with budget devices that get people into their new platform, selling millions.
"Its cheap, I’ll try it. If its actually decent, I’ll tell"
Maybe Microsoft needs to return to this with mobile, and get some new fans. A great browser experience with extensions for social media would help too.