Windows Phone isn't back from the dead, but our readers wish it was
Windows Central readers still yearn for the days of Live Tiles and Windows Phone.
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:
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?"
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We don't need a phone, we need a mobile device that can do legacy telephony during the time we're moving to AR.
Just let us use one device for everything, enable telephony in all SIM-enabled devices, treat it like any other communication app, let user decide how they want to communicate. I'm honestly more concerned about Microsoft's AR stance...
They were planning to leapfrog the mobile phones to AR glasses and get back in the mobile game when the market shifts from small screen in their pocket to volumetric computing, but we haven't seen much improvements in Windows Mixed Reality since years, and now Facebook/Meta, and soon Apple, are claiming the market.
It wouldn't be so hard to do an All-in-One, Snapdragon-based, immersive Windows Mixed Reality headset, and that would get early adopters interested, and start populating the Microsoft Store with apps for when the consumer market is ready. But instead, Facebook/Meta is getting the apps and Microsoft will realize in a few years that they have the same apps issue in their hands as they had with Windows Phone.
Windows is dying, both Apple and Google can turn PC to mobile seamlessly, even they bring WP back, they will never gave up x86, windows is not so important in MS, you can get it from the market value, they focus on cloud now.
But, seriously, we do need a good third option for a phone OS. A duopoly doesn't promote innovation nearly as much, and I truly think Windows Phone was ahead of its time. Even Steve Wozniak praised the OS stating that it's what Apple should have released.
I think Microsoft kept looking at it as a market they couldn't dominate, but that wasn't the right thinking. It's not about dominating the phone OS market, it's about complementing your existing OS and products. I think businesses would have liked that third choice because it would have been easier and probably a lot more secure. It was a missed opportunity.
Oh well, I'll always look back fondly on those years.
Microsoft has proven it can develop competent well-thought-out hardware with their Surface line. That they consigned the Windows Phone to the trash heap after an ill-supported product launch and incompetent dismissive support from MS management is blatantly stupid. Windows Phone was not going to be dominant in the phone marketplace, but that didn't mean it couldn't be a profitable and solid competitor to IOS and Android phones if Microsoft had not given up on the products almost before they were launched.
Now I've downloaded Launcher 10 from Play Store. Looks exactly like W10 mobile.
Wish I could show a screenshot here.
1. Glance Screen
2. Iris Scanner
3. Double tap to wake
4. Beautiful system wide dark mode
6. High touch sensitivity for operating phones with gloves
7. People Based Reminders and probably a lot more. These are the ones i can recall off the top of my head. The last one particularly, i miss even today as i can't find any alternate for it on android or iOS. On my 950 XL, i would use this feature often - "het Cortana, next time i talk to mom, remind me to ask her what color sari she would like me to get for the holidays." It was so natural, so common, so useful. SO many times, we are in a situation we feel like hey this is something i need to ask. ok I'll ask this person when i call him. and then sometime, next day, for example you call them, talk for hours, and yet forget to ask that one crucial question.! I am surprised no one has done it ever since. Or maybe there is an alternate and i don't know of? In that case, please let me know.
If Microsoft were serious and backed it all the way it could of succeeded. Many of their products were ahead of the time such as WP, Zune, Kinect and Band but they only really dabbled and handled them as experiments. I had all these things and miss them, Cortana on Band was amazing. Kinect in Skyrim was amazing, shouting to save or dragons shouts, Fus Ro Dah.
- It should be multi choice (yes, I want to check all of them 🙂)
- Windows Phone 8.1 advanced gestures is missing