Could Windows Phone ever disappear?

Could Windows Phone ever go the way of webOS? Is it financially viable for Microsoft and Nokia to keep plodding along if market share stays around 5% say?

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Pondlife  Mar. 19, 2013 at 21:00

Course it could, don't see it happening soon. But third parties may lose interest in apps for it again if wp8 isn't delivering the boost expected.
As for Nokia could depend on how long Elop stays in charge too and as all that 5% isn't theirs they are presumably more susceptible.
Also depends how long MS wants to keep Nokia tied in, if they aren't raising the profile of wp enough ms could dump them too I guess.
Certainly didn't feel that they were that specially regarded in the autumn when wp8 arrived.

mightyforest  Mar. 20, 2013 at 08:59

well looks like theres plans for the upgrade to wp9 in 2014 so very unlikely, i think you have more chance of blackberry going before windows phone. then there will be a big mix up if/when samsung pull out of android to do their own thing. Looking at market windows phone has been growing steadily

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 20, 2013 at 11:27

Yes, I don't quite see it disappear, either. Nokia's survival is a different story. It will survive, but with changes.
For OEMs not called Nokia WP is second (or third) leg... no big deal. No harm. And even Nokia have a very successful feature phone division. Something easily forgotten. Many companies can only dream of selling as many phones as Nokia is churning out in the Asha range.
Nobody knows, really.
Take WinMo... the first smartphone with a 1gHz Snapdragon was a Toshiba WinMo device that failed completely. People shrugged off the need for such power in a phone... Then things moved on, and with the HTC HD2 WinMo and the Snapdragon finally had a best-selling star. And whoosh... MS kill WinMo.
And if you take Google back to 2007/08 you will find countless articles that write off Apple's success as fragile due to a limited range of devices and the absence of, e.g. a model with a real keyboard etc And as late as 2009/10 Android was written off as "DOA" or too flawed to be ever more than a feature phone alternative by some tech journalists with significant experience in the field.

And, of course, for some time HTC was almost synonymous with Android phone. Now it's Samsung, and HTC's CEO has to put his job on the line to sooth investors' minds.

mightyforest  Mar. 20, 2013 at 11:44

i still have my toshiba tg01 :), nice phone,super thin but shocking battery
currently running win 7

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 20, 2013 at 14:17

Cool. :)


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