What’s Next for Windows Phone?

What’s Next for Windows Phone?

Microsoft Principal Program Manager Scott Hanselman speaks at Microsoft's annual "Build" conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. While Microsoft has already previewed some aspects of the new Windows 10, a parade of top executives will use the conference to demonstrate more software features and app-building tools, with an emphasis on mobile devices as well as PCs. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Microsoft Principal Program Manager Scott Hanselman speaks at Microsoft’s annual “Build” conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

 

(ZDNet) – It’s less than 24 hours since Microsoft announced a $7.6 billion write-down on its acquisition of Nokia and aggressive layoffs, and the tech press has been quick in penning the Windows Phone obituaries.

Even long-time supporters of the platform, such as ZDNet’s own Matthew Miller, have come to the conclusion that the end is nigh for Windows Phone.

“After five years of championing Windows Phone,” wrote Miller, “the news today has me finally deciding to leave Windows Phone behind.”

The problem that Microsoft is facing with Windows Phone is that after many years and billions of dollars spent, the user base hasn’t grown significantly since 2010. Here’s one chart by Asymco analyst Horace Dedui that clearly shows the cause of death: crushed between the two juggernauts of iOS and Android.

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