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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Mobile 6.x Services

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Jun 8, 2011, 3:04 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jun 8, 2011, 3:31 PM

Microsoft today announced that it is ratcheting down the number of active services available to Windows Mobile 6.x devices starting next month. On July 15, Microsoft will shut down the desktop version of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site, after which time users won't be able to browse or download apps via a PC. The Marketplace will continue to be available from WinMo handsets for the time being. On August 7, Microsoft will disconnect its My Phone back-up service. Microsoft said that it will move users' contacts, calendar entries, text messages and photos to SkyDrive, but it will not move videos, music, documents and favorites. Users of Microsoft's My Phone service are recommended to back that content up elsewhere. Microsoft said that customers will be able to use their existing Windows Live ID to access their content in SkyDrive. On October 6, the My Phone web site and service will be shut down permanently. At least five Windows Mobile 6.x devices are available for sale from U.S. carriers, including the HTC TouchPro 2/Tilt2, LG Fathom, and the Samsung Jack.

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Jun 8, 2011, 6:40 PM

& they wonder why Apple & Google OS are destroying them...

How in good conscience could these jokers at Microsoft start pulling support/services for devices currently being sold? What a joke! Something Google & Apple don't do. Hey Microsoft, if you want to be a winner in the marketplace, you should start doing what winners do. With this kind of thing, who would even want to gamble with WP7? Maybe WP8 comes out & you are SOL with 7? Stuff like this might be why they have less than 4% of the smartphone market share.
Actually my bad. Just read the latest April 2011 marketshare stats & Microsoft's OS even when combined with Nokia's Symbian OS marketshares are only 2% combined.
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Apple is, and has long been, far worse and far more ruthless about cutting off support for legacy products.

Apple cut off all support for the original iPhone in 2010, only 3 years after introducing it, and with many still under contract for it. An...
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