Microsoft tried so hard to have a reliable mobile system for almost 20 years but failed despite dominating the desktop system. Its most recent failed system, Windows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile) is the most promising for the third-largest mobile operating system.

Recently, one of Nokia’s ex-engineer summed up four reasons why Windows Phone failed.

  1. Microsoft underestimated Google’s Android: At the time, Apple’s iOS system was already hot, but Android was still relatively rough. Android’s real value lies in Google services, like YouTube, Maps, Gmail, etc. If you don’t have these Google services, the Windows system has good odds. However, it didn’t think that Android will spread so fast thus did not act until Google services arrived. It was too late then.
  2. Bad Windows 8 dragged down Windows Phone: After the launch of Windows 8, the market response was very bad. This made many people associate Windows Phone 8 with Windows 8, even though both systems had independent teams.
  3. Microsoft’s reputation is not good: Microsoft’s did not keep to its word. This made many people lose trust in the system and switched to Android or iOS platform.
  4. Android and iOS users are very satisfied: By 2014 iOS and Android already has a huge number of satisfied customers. Even if Microsoft Windows mobile system has a certain number of applications, the Windows ecosystem has no convincing reason for consumers to switch to its camp.

He also claimed that coding for Windows Phone was always better than Android.

“Android Studio was in its early days so we were still on Eclipse which was sorely lacking compared to Visual Studio. For all the negatives on the consumer side, coding for WP was always better than Android,” explained the former Nokia engineer.

Do you agree with what the former Nokia engineer said about the failure of Windows Phone? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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