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Microsoft to Kill Off Zune-Based Market, Mandates WP7.5

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Ouch.

Captain Ahash

Apr 24, 2012, 6:55 PM
This is rough. I don't know if they can afford to alienate such a huge part of their userbase as young as the platform is.
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Rich Brome

Apr 24, 2012, 8:56 PM
Are you being sarcastic?

It's not a huge part, and no one is alienated. Microsoft has done an excellent job of offering 7.5 for older phones. If someone - for some reason - hasn't upgraded yet, they are free to do so.
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Jellz

Apr 25, 2012, 10:24 AM
I'd say that's what I like most about the Windows platform, at least from where I'm sitting now (never having tried one of their phones, but wanting to).

You have Android and iOS on two sides of the spectrum.

With iOS, it's one manufacturer that makes the software and hardware, extremely closed-source. No variation, no choice whatsoever, just the iPhone. And it's a good platform, just, not a lot of options.

Then with Android, you have every manufacturer doing their own thing, with Google making the software and not keeping any manufacturers to task (unless they make one of the "pure Google" phones). Extremely fragmented, wonky update schedules, etc.

With Microsoft, you have the software maker keeping the hardware makers to task,...
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T Bone

Apr 24, 2012, 10:24 PM
A huge part of their userbase? I doubt that there are all that many WP7 users who have not upgraded to 7.5. Every single Windows Phone can be upgraded to 7.5, and there is no excuse for not upgrading.

And at any rate, Microsoft is still nowhere near as ruthless as Apple when it comes to cutting off suportt for legacy products.
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