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So I have to leave the ringtone set to default in the settings in order to see the custom ringtones in the list when I press on "+ Ringtone" in the Edit Contact screen? I tried and I still don't see any of my custom tones in the list. The only place they show up is in the settings to be used as a system wide ringtone

I agree. I don't see Microsoft releasing something that replaces the modern smartphone and it will be nearly impossible for them to compete this late in the game.

Nadella seems to know this and is trying to keep Microsoft services relevant. Not much else they can do.

"The Microsoft Band may be dead, but it appears Windows 10 on wearables certainly is not." - give it half a year...

People are constantly talking about "W10m on ARM". I believe they may possibly mean W10 on ARM. Since every phone that I know runs an ARM processor. Qualcomm chips are ARM designed chips. Qualcomm license the rights to manufacture the chips.

I think that Microsoft is headed towards devices like in the HBO show Westworld. Very powerful 7-8" tablets. With Bluetooth 5.0 coming and 5G just what, year and a half away we will be more connected than ever. So if your device is able to wirelessly (not sure if that is a word) access servers that have the full operating system would your mobile device need to have a full, heavy OS loaded? When I hear about Win32 or X86 or whatever emulation I wonder if we are taking into account the growth of network speeds.

I am by no means an expert on really anything Windows. These are just a few thoughts that I had on the future. We don't know what Microsoft have up their sleeves. Maybe and this is also somewhat plausible an OS may come along in the future that totally replaces both Windows and MacOS. In ten to twenty years the tech landscape may not look like anything that we see today.

Certainly not for builds as useless as this one;). It is like their are looking for fishes, to see, who their is left for insider after the big cutout of all insiders. Probably, two three persons who forgot to get out..

What phone doesn't restrict our choices? I can't do everything I want to do on Android or iOS either. For your choices to not be restricted, build your own OS to have it do whatever you want it to do, otherwise your comment is just you being your negative self, taking a shot at Windows 10 Mobile.

We needed/need the build quality & material of the 930 with all the features of the 950XL. Now that would be the be the end all of all Windows Phones. Lumia Ultimate.

One way to stop Google's monopoly on Mobile as search provider is to start with big guys like Samsung and Apple, Microsoft needs to enter agreements with carriers both US and outside US and with Apple and Samsung so that phones can come pre-loaded with Bing search, Cortana Assistant, OneDrive and Outlook, these apps would be downloaded from Google Playstore on both iPhone and Samsung Galaxy but then the carriers would disable Google apps on the phone.

Brings their price down to Amazon's normal prices... MS really needs to learn how sales work.

People need to understand that Microsoft makes MORE MONEY in one year off of Android phone sales (via their patent portfolio) than they have made for the entire lifetime of Windows Phone/Mobile. (I believe they get up to $5/phone sale in patent payments for Android phones. They don't get anything from Apple due to a cross-licensing agreement they signed years ago with Apple when they bought about 50 million shares of Apple to keep them from dying in 1995. Think what those shares are worth now however.)

MS is a SOFTWARE company and does not really care about hardware as anything but a way to prod the OEMs to use/buy their SOFTWARE.

To that end, they don't care WHO buys their software/services so MS Office sales on Android or iOS is just as good as sales on a Windows platform. They are now pushing everyone towards Office 365 anyway so the platform becomes less and less important to them as SaaS becomes the business model.

I expect MS to release something as a "Surface Mini" that will look more ike the devices in the HBO series "Westword" where they are foldable mini-pcs that just happen to double as a phone. This would be a real game-changer if they can pull it off and prod OEMs to start building them like they did with the Surface to create the 2-in-1 market. These devices will not run local apps however, they will be more like a Chromebook where they are constantly connected to the MS Cloud to run O365+ and all their apps from there (with local cacheing for when they are offline.) This is where MS is going. If you don't like it, they don't care. Millions will and that is what counts to them.

Nadella is not employed to make you happy. He is employed to make the shareholders happy and this is the future of mobile devices.

Well, at least for me, it appears that Windows Mobile is now dead. I have a 950 that was giving me issues and a 650 where the Garmin App was almost always crash without opening. Therefore, I picked up a Honor 6X and, although I prefer the Windows Mobile OS, I am extremely pleased now with the speed at which the apps work on my new phone. Garmin and Facebook open instantly, as well as Firefox and other stuff.

Microsoft needs to drop Windows Phone/Mobile OS for consumers, restart a new OS cloned from Android to solve the app ecosystem issue like Amazon does with Fire OS, however Windows Phone/Mobile should be enhanced for enterprise users with Windows 10 on ARM so that employees can have 1 device that works as a laptop and as a phone. 

Android apps running natively on an Android distribution running on top of WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) is exactly what Astoria was.

The thing is, while WSL runs very well, Android and its apps aren't battery friendly and make the whole experience pretty bad on a battery-powered device. And for apps to work properly, they have to let that subsystem run all the time to service Android background apps, hitting the exact performance issues real Android devices are faced with.
On top of that, the existance of such a solution means apps developers will see Android as the universal apps platform, so instead of being a temporary solution until UWP catches up, it could effectively kill UWP.

929/icon awesome pictures for the time, and durable (I was hard on mine, work construction) now I have a 950xl, liking it a lot. hope ms keeps making phones or at least continues to update the matter how they want to label it. Wife and kids have I-phones, and have had androids. I'm not real impressed with either of them. Prefer windows.

Considering how important is Cortana to Microsoft, I wonder how the developers got authorized to turn her in a villain in the last Halo games. Somehow, it seems that Xbox is so unimportant to Microsoft that the upper management never noticed it.

I agree and disagree. There are some pretty "important" apps that are missing from Windows. You can't always get the same experience through the browser on such a small screen, and you miss out on some really good features that can be built into an app. For the most part the app gap never truly bothered me, and I know a ton of people that feel the same, but the polished apps are a really nice luxury to add to your already expensive device. If MS can drive some developers to bring their apps to Windows (many of which I'd love even on my desktop) that will be a big win.

When Microsoft stoped supporting the OS, developers stoped thinking about Windows Phone. Microsoft had to only do was just tell that they'll support WPs and they didn't do it. Satya Nadella only said that "Mobile is important for Microsoft" while holding a iPhone.

All the negativities around WP are mostly created by MS's Nadella.  His mobile retrenching plan speech in July, 2015, three months before W10M release, broke the back of W10M.  The "WP is Dead" rumor started immediately after.  He pulled WP from markets, sold out mobile units, stopped marketing and releasing phones, beefed up support for iOS and Android, practically everyting you don't expect a CEO does to promote a product.  He has done it all.  WP has no choice but fail.  But it really doesn't have to end this way.  He could examine the status of W10M in 2020 and make a decision accordingly.  He should give W10M a few years to perform with the fast growth of W10 installs.  In the meantime, he could restructure the mobile operation by outsourcing the manufacturing, reducing the portfolio and enchancing the marketing in order to reduce the loss to the minimum.  He could sell off the old Nokia without burying WP.  W10M is such a important corner stone of UWP.  Without mobile, you could cripple UWP and slow down the UWP development. The W10 on ARM devices without phone dialer won't help either.  

The app gap issue can be resolved over time if MS CEO would first demonstrate his firm commitment to W10M so developers, users and OEMs would stay.  Secondly, design and build W10M phones with foldable screen so the adequate screen real estate can be provided to run W10 and web apps efficiently.  Instead of relying on the phone apps, all the banking, financial, retail and entertainment services can be served via web apps which are more rubust anyway.  The app shortage problem would be resolved for most users who don't play much games on phones.  At least that would solve the app gap problem for me.  The bottom line is that I need a phone that uses Live Tiles, the most efficient phone UI, and can run apps that fully synchronize and integrate with full W10 apps.  Period.

I'm waiting for this as well. The last 2 CU update builds has the WiFi on my 950XL dropping internet constantly. I have to turn off the WiFi, use LTE for a bit, then the phone turns WiFi back on by itself, reconnects and has internet, then after a short while the WiFi says no internet again and the phone is too stupid to switch over to LTE data when connected to WiFi with no internet so I miss everything until I turn the WiFi off again manually. Viscious circle that happens a dozen times every day.

Nah, MS do this too. Take the L930/Idol. Released in the US, exactly where Windows Phone customers were not, but kept from real customers everywhere else in the world (at no benefit to US phone networks) leaving us with low end offerings for ages for no reason other than MS felt that a successful high end handset might undermine Nad's plan to 'retrench' phones straight down the drain. Then they release year old tech as if a brand new flagship and hope no-one noticed. They did notice. Nad's plan worked perfectly.

Given that most consumers who purchase a smartphone are influenced by family and friends, anything that looks like just another smartphone from Microsoft would likely be ignored. 

This may be true when it comes to choosing between iOS and Android, WM10 can influence no one, I'm using wp since it was 8. anyone can use iOS or Android and still be in MSFT ecosystem. 

It stopped working with my car's system (Mercedes COMAND 2.5) since the last insider fast ring update.  It still works with the Nokia MD-12 speaker bueno t not as well as before.  I have a 950XL dual SIM unlocked

According to the article, Cortana was started two years before Siri was announced.

But, Apple had a feature out before Microsoft.  Gotta be a first for them.

Nope. People wanted. Apps was the problem. Check anywhere in the net, everyone only wanted Apps! When Microsoft stoped supporting Windows Phones and layed off Nokia, developers also stoped development of apps!

Your votes are positive as of my writing this.  But if they were negative, it was probably due to the attitude and not the content of your comment.

Cortana is still limited in countries, that's true.  I don't doubt that Microsoft is working on improving it, and they are probably taking longer than most fans would appreciate.  Voice interactions are not easy to handle in other languages.

I honestly don't think it matters any longer to the genera public. This will have a very limited market.

This is where I believe w10c will be very useful. In addition to cshell, I think this will meet the requirements of the masses. Enthusiasts will know it's w10 limited to the store and there is an upgrade path for them.

This is about the only comment on this article that actually makes sense.

And I don't get what people are thinking in believing that x86 application support will change anything on a phone.  "Sorry, buddy, I can't interact with you on Snapchat or play the latest trendy game with you, but I can run Photoshop and Visual Studio on my phone!"

From the comments I'm reading sounds like most people like their Lumia phones.  I still use my 928.  Since that is the only Lumia I've ever owned I can't comment on how it compares to other Lumias. I was planning on upgrading when my phone carrier offered another Lumia.  They never did. The problem isn't the phone itself but the fact that there are not many apps available to it or apps that are updated on a regular basis, like Here Drive. I'm having the same issue with a tablet running Windows.

My guess is that they have to have some home hub feature thing coming. But there are other ways for shared storage I guess. You could do a NAS and store things there. Not cheap but its an option. Also, with things like plex files would be the only thing not easily shared but pictures and videos and whatnot is easy... Again, not ideal imo. 

What are you doing when it reboots. 10 is a really high numbers, is that really how many times it happens?


Seconded. I'm feeling so nostalgic that I'm going to fire up my 520 lying in the drawer.. :)

To me, having Android apps on Windows is pretty much essential. If they manage to do just that, they wi ll be able to sweep the tablet market, and send Chromebooks to the scrapyard.

Telephony in the MSFT world should then be a matter of accessories. Who needs a smartphone, if one can carry a cheap 8-10" tablet, having cellular data, a BT-headset and possibly a wrist-mounted notifications device, amounting to $400-500 in total? If W10 cloud is installed, we would even have the same constrained environment.

Microsoft would be able to ditch Continuum, which is crap anyway.

I do believe you're on to something here and it's pretty similar to what I've been thinking. Take tablets. By building 2-in-1 devices, customers go buy a laptop and get a tablet by default. A user doesn't have to buy a laptop AND a tablet to have both worlds. They might have gone in specifically for a laptop but now can't see their life without the tablet functionality.

With this approach, a person might go in for a laptop. They may already have a phone (iOS or Android). They purchase this Surface Mobile device looking for a laptop/tablet experience to go along side their phone. The benefits over time to jump to the Surface Mobile device will become apparent. If they turn on cellular data for the Surface, they can have cellular data on the go with it. Now if they turn off cellular data on their phone, they can save a few bucks and have the best of both worlds. Sure they could tether, but that's a hassle and also two devices to charge.

The challenge is going to be making it at the right price point. It can't cost as much as an HP Elite x3 and lap dock. $600 for the lapdock is unacceptable to most consumers. I know HP priced it there because their main target audience is enterprise users who have expense accounts. If I can buy a laptop for $200, I should be able to buy a lapdock-type device for that same price. Obviously, since it's Surface, it would have a nice display and the like, but it can't be onscenely expensive. It needs to differentiate from the Surface Book in some way. A $1300 phone and laptop combo isn't much of a differentiation when Surface Book starts at $1500 (and I imagine the Surface Book performance would be more than $200 better). Price-wise, I think they need to get it in the ballpark of the Surface 3 with cellular to have a shot. If I recall, that was about $600. $700 should be the max. How well the Snapdragon processor handles emulation of x86 apps might justify a higher price. These numbers are based on my expectations. In fact, I think this device should take the place of the Surface 4 in the line-up. Relatively low power and low price point but flexible and functional. Then promote the daylights out of it. It all does no good if marketing doesn't step up.

I hope they have a HomeHub that maybe shares files locally through account or microsoft account settings. I think a groups type feature is important. I just think that homegroups was not very user intuative for the "normal" windows users. Users like us could set it up fine. But it would be nice to be able to right click a file or folder, hit share with, add a user account, and then they can access it through a home hub or something when they log into the pc. 

Hi Tim, I think you misunderstood 🙂 what I was saying was inconsequential was that the undocked portion of the composite device, though preferably has the foldable design patents suggest, is not required for it's functionality as a separate and relevant component when undocked from the Lap-dock-like portion.

I tried to be clear by further describing that the undocked portion would be positioned as a mini-tablet with telephony and Continuum.

I further described that undocked position as an ultramobile Surface PC on ARM that could run Mobile and Win32 apps. I thought it was clear in my description that the device could work with the dock as a laptop and without the dock as a mini-tablet and IPhone.'

So no the dock, would not be required for it to work. A user could slide it in a pocket and be off if they wanted.😉