As if people needed one more reason not to buy a Windows Phone, Microsoft has given them another: A Windows Phone 8 device you buy today may not be able to be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1. Then again, maybe it can. Either way, Microsoft isn't saying. This is no way to help a struggling smartphone operating system.
Microsoft's latest Windows Phone 8 upgrade looks like a winner. But it's had winning upgrades before. Will this one be good enough to finally get the smartphone OS the breakthrough it needs?
Windows Phone is far harder to use than competing smartphone operating systems, with a sometimes "oppressive" and "forbidding" interface, says a recent usability shoot-out done by a consulting firm. Is the report accurate, or are the testers completely off base?
Apple leads the competition when it comes to delivering mass market mobile user experiences, and the latest Pfeiffer Consulting survey shows it hasn't lost its touch with iOS 7 -- though Android's hot on its heels as a potential future threat.
A new Samsung Windows Phone has been sighted, and although its specs aren't spectacular, it's one piece of evidence that Samsung may finally pay serious attention to Windows Phone. If so, that could help boost Microsoft's smartphone OS, which currently has a 3.3% worldwide market share.
Nokia may be bragging about its latest sales figures which show sales of the Windows Phone-based Lumia series increasing by 27 percent, but the truth is, with each passing month Windows Phone falls further and further behind iOS and Android. Increases of 27% and more only put Windows Phone deeper into its hole.
Windows Phone still hasn't managed the crack the enterprise, and has only a 7% share in new adoptions in corporations, according to a recent report by Citrix. That number hasn't budged since the last report, showing Microsoft still hasn't managed to figure out how get corporations to buy into the platform.
Microsoft, always looking for any way to tout good news about Windows Phone, claims that it outsells the iPhone in seven countries. But is that really the case? It's not as clear as it first appears.
Windows Phone is still struggling to gain serious market share, but there's evidence that two related strategies could bear fruit: Get manufacturers to release low cost smartphones, and convert Android users to Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft just got hit with a double-whammy: Reports show that Windows Phone market share is in the very low single digits in the U.S. and have declined since the release of Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft's tablet share is scraping the bottom. Will Microsoft eventually be forced to run up the white flag?