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