Windows Phone isn't back from the dead, but our readers wish it was

Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia Lumia 1520 (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Many Windows Central readers still long for the days of Windows Phone.
  • Over 70% of polled readers picked Windows Phone as the dead Microsoft product they'd like to see resurrected the most.
  • The Microsoft Band drew the second most votes (6.84%).

Microsoft has killed off many products and services over the years. In honor of Halloween, we ran a poll asking which dead service our readers would most like to see return. Windows Phone won, earning over 70.39% of the votes. Microsoft Band (6.84%), Zune (6.48%), and Kinect (3.66%) came in second, third, and fourth place, respectively.

Since this site used to be known as WPCentral (and WMExperts before that), it's not surprising that Windows Phone earned the most votes. "I mean did you even have to ask what your readers would pick since you used to be called wpcentral :P," joked Annullator.

"No surprise here. Their decision to cancel WPhone is the dumbest decision MS has made," said amixtreo.

Korfuntu explained several reasons for missing Windows Phone:

I really wish Satya Nadella had not killed Windows Phone. Windows Mobile had features not available in IOS or Android, and was not plagued with the security issues that still haunt Android to this day. While some may not have cared for Windows Mobile's live tiles, I found them to be useful.

Lumia 1020 back

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

Many others shared memories of Windows Phone and a desire to see the platform return. Some Windows Central readers continue to use Windows Phones.

The Microsoft Band earned the second most votes from our readers. Almost 7% of those that voted wanted to bring the Microsoft Band back from the dead. "Microsoft Band, it was the most feature rich fitness tracker at the time," shared Sin Ogaris.

Few comments mentioned Zune, but the Kinect received quite a bit of praise. "Still like the Xbox Kinect, both 360 and One version," said MZONDERL. ITMedCEO shared that they missed the TV controls the Kinect provided.

While the rest of the choices didn't receive many votes, people expressed enthusiasm for them. ElRodeo said, "I really loved my mediacenter. Wouldn't it be great to have that in a modern version?"

Sean Endicott
News Writer and apps editor

Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at