The short and sad history of Windows Phone: what happened?


Nowadays, you can do almost anything with smartphones. These devices can help you find the most beneficial rewards from a site like BettingOffersFinder. But when it comes to which operating system you can use on mobile, you’ll find that you basically only have two options: iOS and Android. There was a time when that wasn’t the case – Microsoft also had a mobile operating system.

Windows Phone has been a great operating system in every industry. says Betting Offers Finder product owner Tony Slaughterman. “There was a time when almost every iGaming studio was trying to develop games for this platform.” Windows Phone is no longer around, but we can say that it left a great legacy behind. If you are wondering how Microsoft developed this operating system and why it was cancelled, you can find the answer below.

The history of Windows mobile devices goes way back

Most users found out in 2010 that Microsoft was developing an operating system for mobile phones, but Windows Phone actually goes back much further than that. There were touchscreen smartphones even before the iPhone, but those screens were “resistive,” meaning you had to apply pressure to make them respond. Touch screen phones were used with a stylus until the iPhone developed capacitive screens to make this task much easier. Microsoft has developed an operating system called “Windows Mobile” for devices with resistive screens, and this platform has been used by manufacturers such as Motorola, HTC, and Palm. However, none of them gained almost any popularity: the stylus was not at all practical.

Microsoft did not find what it expected in the smartphone market but continued to develop Windows Mobile. At MWC in 2010, I presented the “Windows 7” series. This series was built on the ‘Windows Phone’ operating system and was slated to be released in collaboration with Nokia. In other words, Windows Phone will only be available on devices manufactured by Nokia.

This was a very promising collaboration. Nokia was using Symbian at the time, but this old OS didn’t have features to compete with iOS or Android. Windows Phone could be the thing to save Nokia. Microsoft, on the other hand, will use Nokia’s reputation for strength and reliability. Also, Windows 7 was really a completely different mobile operating system.

  • It had a facade design consisting of 4 by 2 tiles. These tiles were “live”, meaning they could be updated in real time, for example, through push notifications. It was an operating system that looked very different visually.
  • It is built on the logic of “hub”. For example, all of the media content (music, video, radio, etc.) that a user owned was grouped together in the “Zune” hub. This was also true of other core features like Office, email, contacts, and messages: each accessed from within a hub.
  • Other Microsoft services are integrated into the operating system. For example, search and maps are provided by Bing.

Updates – Lots of updates

Windows Phone was an impressive and promising operating system. Microsoft started releasing updates almost immediately. The most significant of them was the “Windows Phone 8” update in 2012. Unfortunately, this caused a lot of criticism, since devices with Windows Phone 7 cannot be upgraded to version 8.

Two years later, the “Windows Phone 8.1” update was released. This was an update to make the operating system fully compatible with Windows 8. Many features have been added, such as a new web browser, sync across devices, skin support, and Cortana. Most users still think that this is the best version of Windows Phone.

In 2015, the Windows Phone 10 update was announced. The purpose was to make the operating system compatible with Windows 10. The update included many interesting innovations, but Microsoft was unable to reach the required number of users. App support for the operating system was very limited, for example, there wasn’t even an official Instagram app. The Live Tile design was not liked by most of the users and preferred icon-based designs. Microsoft ended active development of Windows Phone in 2017 and had to announce the end of the platform in January 2020. If it had achieved the popularity it wanted, we could be seeing a very different mobile market right now. Unfortunately, many reasons, especially the lack of apps, caused the Windows Phone project to be canceled 10 years after it was launched.