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windows phone is truly finally completely dead.

A friend of mine used to work on the Windows Phone team; He got over my pointing out a few years ago that the windows phone was dead. We were talking via Skype messenger yesterday in between calls. We hadn’t connected for a couple of months, so it was nice to catch up. During the conversation, we did come back to a conversation we have been having now for more than ten years. The Maginot line in development. When we consider the historical impact of the Maginot line in France, it was designed so that to borrow the Monty Python line, “None shall pass.” None did pass through the Maginot Line, but ultimately it was a failure because you could go around the line.

 When you are building a new thing, there at times in the process is a Maginot line. Something that no matter what you are not going to be able to get through so you start looking for what is called workarounds. A workaround is a term that means how can we do what we want to do, without going through that impregnatable line in front of us.  We started talking about why the Windows Phone (and the Zune) failed. It wasn’t from failing to have good hardware or software. It wasn’t from having a lack of features. It wasn’t from having an unfamiliar interface. In the end, the Windows phone ran into two different Maginot lines and didn’t move around either.

The first one changed the mobile world forever, not just killing the pocket pc phone. Yes, the PPC phone was market-dominant in 2007. By November of that year standing on a stage, Steve Jobs seized the mobile phone market by its ear. The PocketPC phone remained the stop selling the phone through the end of 2007. But June 2008 saw the iPhone become the top-selling device. That was the first Maginot line that forced Microsoft to release the Windows Phone and kill the PocketPC phone. They had to go around a wall that stayed bigger and stronger. The second wall or Maginot line for the Windows Phone was the Android OS release. Android was cheaper, and in the end, drove the Windows phone out of the market. There was no way around the Android Maginot line.

The reality of the cellular phone market is to adapt or fail. Sadly the windows phone full of promise was not able to attempt twice.

  • Question of

    Do you own a cell phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Apple iphone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Android phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Symbian phone?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    windows phone?

    • Yes
    • No

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  1. Q: DO YOU OWN A CELL PHONE?
    Yes (8 votes) – 100%
    Q: APPLE IPHONE?
    Yes (2 votes) – 25%
    No (6 votes) – 75%
    Q: ANDROID PHONE?
    Yes (5 votes) – 71%
    No (2 votes) – 29%
    Q: SYMBIAN PHONE?
    No (8 votes) – 100%
    Q: WINDOWS PHONE?
    No (7 votes) – 100%

  2. That is so true, the competition is so heavy their you really need to come up with outstanding features to exist in the market. The smart phone market is right now saturated with so many player and there are so many options for customers.

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