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Windows Mobile 6 86'd?

Looks like it's just about the end of the road for Windows Mobile 6.x. Microsoft is looking to wind down support in the next year and a half and move customers over to Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7 is clearly superior, but making the move means buying new phones or mobile devices. This is a dangerous game -- users could just as easily switch to Android or iOS over Windows Phone 7.

Here's what one Redmondmag.com reader had to say:

"It's absolute bollocks. This is how they treat 'Windows Phone Classic' users? Remember that whole bunch of 'WP Classic' branding nonsense? Oh yeah we'll proudly support both platforms, kiddies... So now they have hung the vast majority of WM users (5-6.x) out to dry. What a great way to engender loyalty or a desire to switch to a totally unpopular and new mobile platform (WP7) that has as much of a chance of surviving long term as Palm OS (Or WM 6.x!).

No way, no how. It's Beta vs. VHS time, i.e. iOS vs. Android. WP7 will go the way of Symbian soon enough. My Zune (remember the Zune?) SHOULD have taught me well enough how MS habitually abandons its core customers without much regard. Next phone will be an Android unless AT&T reinvents its system and offers an iPhone that can maintain a phone call."

What are your thoughts on Windows Mobile 6.x or Windows Phone 7? Shoot me a note at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/15/2011 at 1:18 PM


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