Windows Central Podcast 16: Overdue ends, new beginnings

So Lumia is all but dead. But that doesn't mean that Windows 10 Mobile is dead. If anything, it's getting primed to thrive… after a bit of a refocusing. Devices like the HP Elite x3 should be all the evidence you need: Windows phone isn't going away, but it will also never be the same.

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Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • I'd like to hear you folks elaborate on the consumer/enterprise distinction. I'm not convinced a) because there is a convergence of the two driven by changing employment patterns b) a generation of employees, startups, software devs etc. who are growing up outside the MSFT ecosystem, are unfamiliar or hostile to the languages and only use the software begrudgingly. So yes there may be advantages with provisioning, security and integration but it seems like MSFT trying to keep hold of cornered markets who are reliant on their servers, Office etc. It feels as much a rearguard move as it does a refresh for mobile.
  • If you haven't yet read it, Jason Ward did an excellent set of articles entitled microsoft and the duo user.  I enjoyed the read and he went part of the way to describing Microsoft's strategy to build the work environment first but in doing so, not preclude the user from using it for less formal distractions.
  • did MS idea two offer 3 devices (budget, enterprise, enthusiast) only apply for the now dead lumia line? how would this be applied to a Surface Phone concept?
  • I love my 950XL but Im waiting to pre order 2 surface phones the moment I can... Really hope they are coming will be so annoyed if MS have lost their bottle
  • My guess is that many businesses that still give employees phones are rather cautious and would be unlikely to take the risk on a phone with such a small market share. And with Microsoft showing no committment to Windows Phone hardware why should anyone be be confident that they are committed to developing the Windows Phone OS?  A business strategy might have had a chance a few years ago, but iOS and Android already have a solid lead with lot of 3rd party business apps. When Microsoft gave up on the phones for consumers (i.e. - when Balmer left) they should have just given up on phone. It is a shame as a computer in every pocket is a pretty big market to just yield to competitors.
  • Even if Microsoft tries to make another Lumia, they cannot. We all saw what happened with Lumia 950. It's difficult to match the hardware standards of Nokia. Not even Apple can do that today. Apple is struggling to manage one iPhone and Nokia launched 4 to 5 variants of high quality products across all range every year.
  • Hi guys, great podcast,  I just wanted to pop on to say to Dan that I really liked the way you enunciated the logic and reasoning behind the purchase of Nokia.  I'm sure I've probably heard/read similar justifications previously but the way you put it all together as both the best and worst decision that could be made at the time was really insightful.  I look forward to the weekly installments, keep up the great work.