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| source_model = Closed-sourceNorth America>NA: PAL region>PAL: WEBSITE=ANSWERS.MICROSOFT.COM, FIRST=PALLEDATE=JUNE 20, 2012MICROSOFT LANGUAGE PORTAL BLOG>PUBLISHER=MICROSOFTARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20120625230451/HTTP://BLOGS.TECHNET.COM/B/TERMINOLOGY/ARCHIVE/2012/06/20/WINDOWS-PHONE-8-ANNOUNCED-TODAY-WILL-SUPPORT-50-LANGUAGES.ASPXURL-STATUS=DEAD, | developer = Microsoft CorporationC (programming language)>C, C++HTTP://WWW.LEXTRAIT.COM/VINCENT/IMPLEMENTATIONS.HTML >TITLE=THE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES BEACON, V10.0 LAST=LEXTRAIT ACCESSDATE=FEBRUARY 12, 2010 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://ARCHIVE.IS/20120530/HTTP://WWW.LEXTRAIT.COM/VINCENT/IMPLEMENTATIONS.HTML, May 30, 2012, Commercial software>Commercial proprietary softwareHybrid kernel>Hybrid (Monolithic in Windows Phone 7)| supported_platforms = Qualcomm Snapdragon (based on ARMv7)| updatemodel = Zune Software (Windows Phone 7), Firmware over the air (Windows Phone 8+)Windows Phone StoreWARREN DATE=2014-02-11 TITLE=WINDOWS PHONE 8.1 INCLUDES UNIVERSAL APPS AND LOTS OF FEATURE UPDATES THE VERGE >PUBLISHER=VOX MEDIA, Windows Mobile, Zune, Microsoft Kin>Kin| succeeded_by = Windows 10 Mobileurl=https://web.archive.org/web/*weblink title=Archived official website }}}}Windows Phone (WP) is a family of discontinuedNEWS,weblink Windows 10 Mobile gets its final death sentence, Reilly, Claire, 2017-10-08, CNET, 2017-10-09, en, mobile operating systems developed by Microsoft for smartphones as the replacement successor to Windows MobileWEB,weblink Q&A: Microsoft on Windows Phone 7, Damian, Koh, CNET, CNET Asia, CBS Interactive, February 18, 2010, June 3, 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100221162152weblink">weblink February 21, 2010, WEB,weblink Microsoft talks Windows Phone 7 Series development ahead of GDC: Silverlight, XNA, and no backward compatibility, Chris, Ziegler, Engadget, AOL, March 4, 2010, October 27, 2011, and Zune.NEWS, Bell, Donald, Zune services going global with Windows phone,weblink CNet, 16 February 2010, Windows Phone featured a new user interface derived from Metro design language. Unlike Windows Mobile, it was primarily aimed at the consumer market rather than the enterprise market.WEB,weblink Windows Phone 7 Series in the Enterprise: not all good news, Peter, Bright, Ars Technica, Condé Nast Publications, Condé Nast Digital, March 16, 2010, November 20, 2010, It was first launched in October 2010 with Windows Phone 7.WEB,weblink Microsoft prepping Windows Phone 7 for an October 21 launch? (update: US on Nov. 8?), Sean, Hollister, Engadget, AOL, September 26, 2010, September 29, 2010, Windows Phone 8.1 is the latest public release of the operating system, released to manufacturing on April 14, 2014.WEB,weblink Microsoft Unveils Phone Software With Rival to Apple’s Siri, Bloomberg, April 2, 2014, Dina, Bass, Ian, King, WEB,weblink Windows Phone 8.1 is now available for developers, The Inquirer, April 14, 2014, Carly, Page, Windows Phone was succeeded by Windows 10 Mobile in 2015; it emphasizes a larger amount of integration and unification with its PC counterpart—including a new, unified application ecosystem, along with an expansion of its scope to include small-screened tablets.NEWS, Sherman, Joshua, Goodbye Windows Phone! Windows 10 will take it from here,weblink Digital Trends, 30 September 2015, On October 8, 2017, Joe Belfiore announced that work on Windows 10 Mobile was drawing to a close due to lack of market penetration and resultant lack of interest from app developers.In January 2019, Microsoft announced that support for Windows 10 Mobile would end on December 10, 2019, and that Windows 10 Mobile users should migrate to iOS or Android phones.WEB, Haselton, Todd, Microsoft recommends switching to iPhone or Android as it prepares to kill off Windows phones,weblink CNBC, CNBC LLC, a Division of NBCUniversal, 19 January 2019, {{TOC limit|3}}

History

Development

Work on a major Windows Mobile update may have begun as early as 2004 under the codename "Photon", but work moved slowly and the project was ultimately cancelled.WEB,weblink What Windows Phone 7 Could Have Been, John, Herrman, Gizmodo, Gawker Media, February 25, 2010, June 5, 2010, In 2008, Microsoft reorganized the Windows Mobile group and started work on a new mobile operating system.WEB,weblink Thoughts on Windows Phone 7 Series (BTW: Photon is Dead), Brandon, Miniman, Pocketnow, February 17, 2010, June 5, 2010, The product was to be released in 2009 as Windows Phone, but several delays prompted Microsoft to develop Windows Mobile 6.5 as an interim release.WEB,weblink Steve Ballmer wishes Windows Mobile 7 had already launched, but they screwed up, MobileTechWorld, September 24, 2009, July 21, 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131104214039weblink">weblink November 4, 2013, dead, Windows Phone was developed quickly. One result was that the new OS would not be compatible with Windows Mobile applications. Larry Lieberman, senior product manager for Microsoft's Mobile Developer Experience, told eWeek: "If we'd had more time and resources, we may have been able to do something in terms of backward compatibility."WEB,weblink Microsoft Explains Windows Phone 7 Lack of Compatibility, Nicholas, Kolakowski, March 15, 2010, eWeek, Ziff Davis, Ziff Davis Media, Lieberman said that Microsoft was attempting to look at the mobile phone market in a new way, with the end user in mind as well as the enterprise network. Terry Myerson, corporate VP of Windows Phone engineering, said, "With the move to capacitive touch screens, away from the stylus, and the moves to some of the hardware choices we made for the Windows Phone 7 experience, we had to break application compatibility with Windows Mobile 6.5."VIDEO, Augusto, Valdez, Terry, Myerson, Terry Myerson, June 7, 2010, Windows Phone 7: A New Kind of Phone,weblink Microsoft, September 9, 2010, 36:47, The latest version of Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8.1, entered End of Support Status on July 11, 2017; Meaning it will not get any system updates, neither features nor security updates, unless user upgrades to Windows 10 Mobile, which -the upgrade- was entitled to selected models of devices running Windows Phone like Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 950. Windows 10 Mobile was announced, WEB,weblink Goodbye, Windows 10 Mobile, tweets Joe Belfiore, October 8, 2017, cnet.com, on October 8 2017, that it no longer receive system features updates, but it would continue to receive security updates.

Partnership with Nokia

{{Further|Microsoft Lumia}}On February 11, 2011, at a press event in London, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced a partnership between their companies in which Windows Phone would become the primary smartphone operating-system for Nokia, replacing Symbian.WEB, Nokia and Microsoft Announce Plans for a Broad Strategic Partnership to Build a New Global Mobile Ecosystem,weblink News Center, Microsoft, February 10, 2011, October 27, 2011, The event focused largely on setting up "a new global mobile ecosystem", suggesting competition with Android and iOS with the words "It is now a three horse race". Elop stated the reason for choosing Windows Phone over Android, saying: "the single most important word is 'differentiation'. Entering the Android environment late, we knew we would have a hard time differentiating."WEB, Cheng, Roger,weblink Nokia on the edge: Inside an icon's fight for survival, CNET, CBS Interactive, December 18, 2012, June 14, 2013, While Nokia would have had more long-term creative control with Android (note that MeeGo as used by Nokia resembles Android more than it does Windows Phone 7 as both Android and MeeGo are based on the Linux kernel), Elop enjoyed familiarity with his past company where he had been a top executive.NEWS, Weintraub, Seth,weblink Nokia's Elop drops bomb: the platform is on fire, CNN, 2011-02-08, 2013-06-14, WEB, Latest Video,weblink Nokia CEO Stephen Elop Chooses Microsoft Windows Phone OS Over Android - John Paczkowski - D9, AllThingsD, 2011-06-01, 2013-06-14, The pair announced integration of Microsoft services with Nokia's own services; specifically: The partnership involves "funds changing hands for royalties, marketing and ad-revenue sharing", which Microsoft later announced as "measured in billions of dollars."WEB, Nokia and Microsoft Sign Definitive Agreement Ahead of Schedule,weblink News Center, Microsoft, April 21, 2011, October 27, 2011,
Jo Harlow, whom Elop tapped to run Nokia's smartphone business, rearranged her team to match the structure led by Microsoft's VP of Windows Phone, Terry Myerson. Myerson was quoted as saying, "I can trust her with what she tells me. She uses that same direct and genuine communication to motivate her team."NEWS, Lev, Michal,weblink Can the Lumia smartphone save Nokia? - Fortune Tech, CNN, September 5, 2012, 2013-06-14, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120907072757weblink">weblink September 7, 2012,
The first Nokia Lumia Windows Phones, the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710, were announced in October 2011 at Nokia World 2011.NEWS,weblink Nokia's First Windows Phone 7 Handset, Rory, Cellan-Jones, BBC News Online, BBC, October 26, 2011, July 21, 2012, WEB,weblink Nokia's Windows Phone announced alongside the 800, hitting select markets by end of year, Charlotte, Haeger, Governor Technology, October 31, 2011, October 31, 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120425233819weblink">weblink April 25, 2012, At the Consumer Electronics Show in 2012 Nokia announced the Lumia 900, featuring a 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display, a 1.4 GHz processor and 16 GB of storage.WEB,weblink Detailed specifications for the Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia, July 21, 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120113065403weblink">weblink January 13, 2012, The Lumia 900 was one of the first Windows Phones to support LTE and was released on AT&T on April 8.WEB,weblink Mark your calendars: Nokia Lumia 900 available for purchase in the US, Jason, Harris, Conversations by Nokia, Nokia, March 26, 2012, July 21, 2012, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120328172933weblink">weblink March 28, 2012, An international version launched in Q2 2012, with a UK launch in May 2012.WEB,weblink Nokia Lumia 900 Priced and Dated For a May Landing in the UK, Sam, Gibbs, Gizmodo, Gizmodo UK, Future plc, Future Publishing, March 1, 2012, July 21, 2012, The Lumia 610 was the first Nokia Windows Phone to run the Tango Variant (Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh) and was aimed at emerging markets.On September 2, 2013, Microsoft announced a deal to acquire Nokia's mobile phone division outright, retaining former CEO Stephen Elop as the head of Microsoft's devices operation.WEB, The Next Chapter: An open letter from Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop,weblink The Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft, 3 September 2013, Michael, Wann,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130904172756weblink">weblink September 4, 2013, dead, WEB, Microsoft buys Nokia's Devices and Services Unit, unites Windows Phone 8 and its hardware maker,weblink The Verge, September 2, 2013, Vox Media, David, Pierce, 3 September 2013, Microsoft managers revealed that the acquisition was made because Nokia was driving the development of the Windows Phone platform to better match their products.WEB,weblink The Real Reason Microsoft Bought Nokia. Transactions Costs., September 8, 2013, Tim, Worstall, Forbes, The merger was completed after regulatory approval in all major markets in April 2014. As a result, Nokia's hardware division became a subsidiary of Microsoft operating under the name Microsoft Mobile.In February 2014, Nokia released the Nokia X series of smartphones, (later discontinued) using a version of Android forked from the Android Open Source Project. The operating system was modified; Google's software was not included in favour of competing applications and services from Microsoft and Nokia, with a user interface is highly modified to resemble Windows Phone.WEB, Warren, Tom,weblink This is Nokia X: Android and Windows Phone collide, The Verge, Vox Media, February 24, 2014,

Versions

Windows Phone 7

(File:Windows Phone logo (red).png|thumb|right|200px|Windows Phone 7.5 logo)Windows Phone 7 was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, on February 15, 2010, and released publicly on November 8, 2010 in the United States.In 2011, Microsoft released Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. The update included a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9 that supports the same web standards and graphical capability as the desktop version, multi-tasking of third-party apps,WEB,weblink Windows Phone 7's multitasking uses zoomed-out cards to check on your apps, Tim, Stevens, February 14, 2011, Engadget, AOL, March 24, 2011, WEB,weblink Multitasking, IE9 coming to Windows Phone, Bonnie, Cha, CNET, CBS Interactive, February 14, 2011, March 24, 2011,weblink April 25, 2012, dead, Twitter integration for the People Hub,WEB, Bright, Peter,weblink Windows Phone 7's future revealed: multitasking, IE9, Twitter, Ars Technica, Condé Nast Publishing, Condé Nast Digital, February 14, 2011, October 27, 2011, WEB, Mathews, Lee,weblinkweblink" title="archive.is/20120707144335weblink">weblink dead, July 7, 2012, Windows Phone 7 update to bring Twitter and SkyDrive integration, webOS style multitasking, AOL, Switched, February 14, 2011, October 27, 2011, WEB,weblink Windows Phone 7's multitasking uses zoomed-out cards to check on your apps, Tim, Stevens, February 14, 2011, AOL, Engadget, March 24, 2011, and Windows Live SkyDrive access.WEB,weblink New features heading to Windows Phone 7: Multi-tasking, IE9, Skydrive and more, George, Ponder, WPCentral.com, Mobile Nations, February 14, 2011, October 27, 2011, A minor update released in 2012 known as "Tango", along with other bug fixes, lowered the hardware requirements to allow for devices with 800 MHz CPUs and 256 MB of RAM to run Windows Phone.WEB, Windows Phone 7.5 update will support 256MB RAM and slower processors in April,weblink Tom, Warren, The Verge (website), The Verge, Vox Media, February 27, 2012, 21 June 2012, Since Windows Phone 7 devices could not be upgraded to Windows Phone 8 due to hardware limitations,WEB, Miles, Stuart, Windows Phone 8: New hardware specs offer a new start,weblink Pocket Lint, 5 February 2013, Windows Phone 7.8 was released as a stopgap update in 2013 to include some of the features from Windows Phone 8. The update included a tweaked start screen, additional color schemes, and more wallpaper options.

Windows Phone 8

(File:Windows Phone 8 logo and wordmark (purple).svg|thumb|right|200px|Windows Phone 8 logo)On October 29, 2012, Microsoft released Windows Phone 8, a new generation of the operating system. Windows Phone 8 replaced its previously Windows CE-based architecture with one based on the Windows NT kernel with many components shared with Windows 8, allowing applications to be ported between the two platforms.

Windows Phone 8.1

(File:Windows Phone 8 logo and wordmark.svg|thumb|right|200px|Windows Phone 8.1 logo)Windows Phone 8.1 was announced on April 2, 2014, after being released in preview form to developers on April 10, 2014.Ziegler, Chris. (2014-02-10) Microsoft begins sharing Windows Phone 8.1 with developers. The Verge. Retrieved on 2014-05-25.Windows Phone 8.1 Leaks: JavaScript, new apps, SD card installation. BGR (2014-02-11). Retrieved on 2014-05-25.WEB,weblink Nokia Lumia 630 running Windows Phone 8.1 reportedly makes video debut, TechRadar, March 29, 2014, New features added include a notification center, support for the Internet Explorer 11 web browser, with tab syncing among Windows 8.1 devices, separate volume controls, and the option to skin and add a third column of live tiles to the Start Screen. Starting with this release, Microsoft dropped the requirement that all Windows Phone OEMs include a camera button and physical buttons for back, Start, and Search.Windows Phone 8.1 introduced Cortana, a voice assistant similar to Siri and Google Now. Cortana replaced the previous Bing search feature, and was released as a beta in the United States in the first half of 2014, before expanding to other countries in early 2015.WEB,weblink Windows Phone 8.1 features, WPCentral, March 29, 2014,

Windows 10 Mobile

(File:Windows 10 Logo.svg|thumb|right|200px|Windows 10 logo)Windows 10 Mobile was announced on January 21, 2015, as a mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets running on ARM architecture. Its primary focus is unification with Windows 10, its PC counterpart, in software and services; in accordance with this strategy, the Windows Phone name has been phased out in favor of branding the platform as an edition of Windows 10,WEB, Windows Phone 10 to be called just Windows 10,weblink GSMArena, 21 January 2015, WEB, Savov, Vlad, Windows 10 makes its phone debut,weblink The Verge, Vox Media, 21 January 2015, WEB, Windows Phone just died,weblink Techradar, Future PLC, 21 January 2015, WEB, Windows 10 for mobile detailed with PC syncing, better voice commands,weblink Techradar, Future PLC, 21 January 2015, although it is still a continuation of Windows Phone, and most Windows Phone 8.1 devices can be upgraded to the platform.WEB, Our first look at Windows 10 on phones, and Universal Apps for touchscreens,weblink Ars Technica, Andrew Cunningham, January 21, 2015, 23 January 2015, WEB, Microsoft reneges on Windows 10 upgrades for all current Lumia phones,weblink PC World, IDG, 23 January 2015, WEB, Microsoft reveals Windows 10,weblink Seattle Times, September 30, 2014, Windows 10 Mobile emphasized software using the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which allowed apps to be designed for use across multiple Windows 10-based product families with nearly identical code, functionality, and adaptations for available input methods.WEB, Microsoft previews universal apps for Windows 10 PCs, tablets, and phones,weblink The Verge, February 7, 2015, WEB, Microsoft's touch-friendly Office apps now available to download for Windows 10,weblink PC World, IDG, February 6, 2015, WEB, The next chapter of Office on Windows,weblink Office Blog, Microsoft, February 6, 2015, When connected to an external display, devices could also render a stripped-down desktop interface similar to Windows on PCs, with support for keyboard and mouse input.WEB, A PC in Your Pocket: Continuum for Windows Phones,weblink Windows IT Pro, Penton, May 16, 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150518092722weblink">weblink May 18, 2015, dead, WEB, Your Windows 10 phone can turn into a full PC,weblink The Verge, April 29, 2015, Windows 10 Mobile featured Skype message integration, updated Office Mobile apps, notification syncing with other Windows 10 devices, support for the Microsoft Edge web browser, and other user interface improvements.WEB, This is Windows 10 for phones,weblink The Verge, Vox Media, January 22, 2015, WEB, Project Spartan and the Windows 10 January Preview Build,weblink IEBlog, Microsoft, January 23, 2015, Microsoft developed a middleware known as Windows Bridge to allow iOS Objective-C and Android C++ or Java software to be ported to run on Windows 10 Mobile with limited changes to code.WEB, How will Android support work in Windows 10 for Phones?,weblink TechRadar Pro, May 22, 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150519175925weblink">weblink May 19, 2015, dead, mdy-all, WEB, Microsoft brings Android, iOS apps to Windows 10,weblink Ars Technica, April 30, 2015, WEB, Microsoft releases iOS-to-Windows app maker Windows Bridge to open source,weblink PC World, IDG, 6 August 2015,

Features

User interface

Windows Phone features a user interface based on Microsoft's "Metro" design language,JOURNAL, Windows Phone Design System - Codename Metro, Microsoft,weblink PDF, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101115052944weblink">weblink November 15, 2010, and was inspired by the user interface in the Zune HD.WEB, Melanson, Donald,weblink Rumored Windows Phone 7 details surface ahead of MWC launch: Zune-like UI, no multitasking, Engadget, AOL, 2010-02-06, 2013-06-14, The home screen, called the "Start screen", is made up of "Live Tiles", which have been the inspiration for the Windows 8 live tiles. Tiles are links to applications, features, functions and individual items (such as contacts, web pages, applications or media items). Users can add, rearrange, or remove tiles.WEB,weblink Windows Phone 7 Series is official, and Microsoft is playing to win, Joshua, Topolsky, Joshua Topolsky, Engadget, AOL, February 15, 2010, February 15, 2010, Tiles are dynamic and update in real time – for example, the tile for an email account would display the number of unread messages or a tile could display a live update of the weather.WEB,weblink Chris, Ziegler, Engadget, AOL, Windows Phone 7: the complete guide, March 18, 2010, September 19, 2010, Since Windows Phone 8, live tiles can also be resized to either a small, medium, or large appearance.Several features of Windows Phone are organized into "hubs", which combine local and online content via Windows Phone's integration with popular social networks such as Facebook, Windows Live, and Twitter. For example, the Pictures hub shows photos captured with the device's camera and the user's Facebook photo albums, and the People hub shows contacts aggregated from multiple sources including Windows Live, Facebook, and Gmail. From the hub, users can directly comment and 'like' on social network updates. The other built-in hubs are Xbox Music and Video, Xbox Live Games, Windows Phone Store, and Microsoft Office.Windows Phone uses multi-touch technology. The default Windows Phone user interface has a dark theme that prolongs battery life on OLED screens as fully black pixels do not emit light. Alternatively, users may choose a light theme in their phone's settings menu.WEB,weblink Interview: Windows Phone 7 battery life, copy/paste, multitasking, and more, Rubenstein, Benjamin, Neowin, March 17, 2010, August 21, 2010, The user may also choose from several accent colors.VIDEO, Greg, Sullivan, July 27, 2010, The Most Comprehensive Windows Phone 7 Demo to Date,weblink September 19, 2010, User interface elements such as links, buttons and tiles are shown in the user's chosen accent color. Third-party applications can be automatically themed with these colors.VIDEO, Laura, Foy, Sean, Mckenna, August 4, 2010, Windows Phone 7: Applications & Tools,weblink Microsoft, Channel 9 (Microsoft), Channel9, September 19, 2010, Windows Phone 8.1 introduces transparent tiles and a customizable background image for the Start screen. The image is visible through the transparent area of the tiles and features a parallax effect when scrolling which gives an illusion of depth. If the user does not pick a background image the tiles render with the accent color of the theme.

Text input

Users input text by using an on-screen virtual keyboard, which has a dedicated key for inserting emoticons,WEB,weblink Windows Phone 7 in-depth preview, Joshua, Topolsky, Joshua Topolsky, Engadget, AOL, July 19, 2010, September 4, 2010, and features spell checking and word prediction.WEB,weblink Roger, Gullhaug, Roger Gullhaug's Blog, AutoCompleteBox in Windows Phone 7, September 8, 2010, September 21, 2010, App developers (both inhouse and ISV) may specify different versions of the virtual keyboard in order to limit users to certain character sets, such as numeric characters alone. Users may change a word after it has been typed by tapping the word,WEB,weblink Chuong, Nguyen, Pocketnow, Windows Phone 7 Keyboard Demoed, Deemed Fast, Responsive, Accurate, August 10, 2010, September 19, 2010, which will invoke a list of similar words. Pressing and holding certain keys will reveal similar characters. The keys are somewhat larger and spaced farther apart when in landscape mode. Phones may also be made with a hardware keyboard for text input.WEB,weblink Brandon, Miniman, Pocketnow, Windows Phone 7 Series Text Entry: Strict Hardware Requirements, August 17, 2010, September 19, 2010, Users can also add accents to letters by holding on an individual letter. Windows Phone 8.1 introduces a new method of typing by swiping through the keyboard without lifting the finger, in a manner similar to Swype and SwiftKey.

Web browser

{{See also|Internet Explorer Mobile}}Internet Explorer on Windows Phone allows the user to maintain a list of favorite web pages and tiles linking to web pages on the Start screen. The browser supports up to 6 tabs, which can all load in parallel.VIDEO, Brandon, Miniman, August 23, 2010, Exclusive: Windows Phone 7 Web Browser Comparison,weblink Pocketnow, October 27, 2011, 1:21, Other features include multi-touch gestures, smooth zoom in/out animations, the ability to save pictures that are on web pages, share web pages via email, and support for inline search which allows the user to search for a word or phrase in a web page by typing it.VIDEO,weblink Brandon, Miniman, First Look: Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 7 Series, Pocketnow, March 15, 2010, September 19, 2010, Tabs are synced with Windows 8.1 devices using Internet Explorer 11.

Contacts

Contacts are organized via the "People hub", and can be manually entered into contacts or imported from Facebook, Windows Live Contacts, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and Outlook. A "What's New" section shows a user's Facebook news feed and a "Pictures" section show pictures from those social networks, while a "Me" section within the "People" hub shows a user's own social network status and wall and allows them to view social network updates. Contacts can also be pinned to the Start Screen. The contact's "Live Tile" displays their social network status and profile picture on the homescreen. Clicking on a contact's tile or accessing their card within the "People" hub will reveal their recent social network activity as well as the rest of their contact information.If a contact has information stored on multiple networks, users can link the two separate contact accounts, allowing the information to be viewed and accessed from a single card.WEB, Linking two or more contacts,weblink Microsoft, September 6, 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110906194644weblink">weblink September 6, 2011, dead, mdy-all, As of Windows Phone 7.5, contacts can also be sorted into "Groups". Here, information from each of the contacts is combined into a single page which can be accessed directly from the Hub or pinned to the Start screen.

Email

Windows Phone supports Outlook.com, Exchange, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail natively and supports many other services via the POP and IMAP protocols. Updates added support for more services such as iCloud and IBM Notes Traveler. Contacts and calendars may be synced from these services as well. Users can also search through their email by searching in the subject, body, senders, and receivers. Emails are shown with threads, and multiple email inboxes can be combined into a single view (a feature commonly referred to as "combined inbox") or can viewed separately.

Multimedia

(File:WPZuneHub.jpg|thumb|upright|The Music + Video Hub on Windows Phone.){{See also|Xbox Music|Xbox Video}}Xbox Music and Xbox Video are built-in multimedia hubs providing entertainment and synchronization capabilities between PC, Windows Phone, and other Microsoft products.WEB, Xbox Entertainment on Windows Phone,weblink The two hubs were previously combined until standalone apps were released in late 2013, shortly before Windows Phone 8.1 debuted.Ziegler, Chris. (2013-12-18) Xbox Video app finally arrives on Windows Phone. The Verge. Retrieved on 2014-05-25. The hubs allow users to access music, videos, and podcasts stored on the device, and links directly to the "Xbox Music Store" to buy or rent music and the "Xbox Video Store" to purchase movies and TV episodes. Xbox Music also allows the user to stream music with an Xbox Music Pass. When browsing the music by a particular artist, users are able to view artist biographies and photos. The Xbox Music hub also integrates with many other apps that provide video and music services, including, but not limited to, iHeartRadio, YouTube, and Vevo. This hub also includes Smart DJ which compiles a playlist of songs stored on the phone similar to the song or artist selected.The Pictures hub displays the user's Facebook and OneDrive photo albums, as well as photos taken with the phone's built-in camera. Users can also upload photos to social networks, comment on photos uploaded by other people, and tag photos posted to social networks. Multi-touch gestures permit zooming in and out of photos.An official file manager app called Files, which is available for download from the Windows Phone Store, enables users to move and rearrange documents, videos, music and other files within their device's hard drive or to an external SD card.WEB,weblink Get Files - Microsoft Store, Microsoft Store,

Media support

Windows Phone supports WAV, MP3, WMA, AMR, AAC/MP4/M4A/M4B and 3GP/3G2 standards. The video file formats supported on WP include WMV, AVI, MP4/M4V, 3GP/3G2 and MOV (QuickTime) standards.WEB,weblink Windows Phone 7: Which Video and Audio File Formats are Supported?, Pocketnow, September 21, 2010, Brandon, Miniman, August 6, 2011, These supported audio and video formats would be dependent on the codecs contained inside them. It has also been previously reported that the DivX and Xvid codecs within the AVI file format are also playable on WP devices.WEB,weblink Updates codec support list for Windows Phone 7 released, XVID and DIVX supported, WMPoweruser.com, September 18, 2010, August 6, 2011, WEB,weblink AVI/DivX support, Microsoft, October 21, 2010, Microsoft Answers, August 6, 2011, Note that Windows Phone does not support DRM protected media files that are obtained from services other than Xbox Music Pass.WEB, Sync music, ringtones, and podcasts using my computer,weblink 2 January 2015, The image file formats that are supported include JPG/JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIF and Bitmap (BMP).WEB,weblinkpublisher= Microsoft accessdate= August 6, 2011, HTTP://SUPPORT.MICROSOFT.COM/KB/928191 >TITLE= AUDIO FILE FORMATS SUPPORTED BY THE ZUNE SOFTWARE MICROSOFT >DATE= OCTOBER 12, 2010 ACCESSDATE= AUGUST 6, 2011, Users can also add custom ringtones which are less than 1MB in size and less than 40 seconds long. DLNA streaming and steroscopic 3D are also supported.

Games

{{See also|Xbox Live}}The "Games hub" provides access to games on a phone along with Xbox Live functionality, including the ability for a user to interact with their avatar, view and edit their profile, see their achievements and view leaderboards, and send messages to friends on Xbox Live. The hub also features an area for managing invitations and turn notifications in turn-based multiplayer games.WEB,weblink Games Hub for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft, July 24, 2012, Games are downloaded from Windows Phone Store.

Search

{{See also|Bing (search engine)|Bing Mobile|Bing Maps}}Bing is the default search engine on Windows Phone handsets because its functions are deeply integrated in the OS (which also include the utilization of its map service for location-based searches and queries). However, Microsoft has stated that other search engine applications can be used.WEB,weblink Will all Xbox games work on Windows Phone 7 devices?, Mary Jo, Foley, February 15, 2010, ZDNet, CBS Interactive, July 24, 2012, WEB,weblink Windows Phone 7: Bing only default search option, July 21, 2010, Pocket-lint, Stuart, Miles, July 24, 2012, In the area of location-based searches, Bing Maps (which is powered by Nokia's location services) provides turn-by-turn navigation service to Windows Phone users, and Local Scout shows interest points such as attractions and restaurants in the nearby area. On Nokia devices, Nokia's Here Maps is preinstalled in place of Bing Maps.Furthermore, Bing Audio allows the user to match a song with its name, and Bing Vision allows the user to scan barcodes, QR codes, and other types of tags.

Cortana

Every Windows Phone has either a dedicated physical Search button or an on-screen Search button, which was previously reserved for a Bing Search app, but has been replaced on Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the United Kingdom and United States by Cortana, a digital personal assistant which can also double as an app for basic searches.Cortana allows users to do tasks such as set calendar reminders and alarms, and recognizes a user's natural voice, and can be used to answer questions (like current weather conditions, sports scores, and biographies). The app also keeps a "Notebook" to learn a user's behavior over time and tailor reminders for them. Users can edit the "Notebook" to keep information from Cortana or reveal more about themselves.

Office suite

(File:OfficeMobile2013 WP8.png|thumb|right|Microsoft Office Mobile on Windows Phone 8){{See also|Microsoft Office Mobile}}All Windows Phones come preinstalled with Microsoft Office Mobile, which provides interoperability between Windows Phone and the desktop version of Microsoft Office. Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, and SharePoint Workspace Mobile apps are accessible through a single "Office Hub," and allow most Microsoft Office file formats to be viewed and edited directly on a Windows Phone device. The "Office Hub" can access files from OneDrive and Office 365, as well as files which are stored locally on the device's hard drive. Although they are not preinstalled in Windows Phone's "Office Hub," OneNote Mobile, Lync Mobile, and OneDrive for Business can be downloaded separately as standalone applications from the Windows Phone Store.

Multitasking

Multitasking in Windows Phone is invoked through long pressing the "back" arrow, which is present on all Windows Phones. Windows Phone 7 uses a card-based task switcher, whereas later versions of Windows Phone utilize true background multitasking.

Sync

Windows Phone 7

{{See also|Zune Software}}
Zune Software manages the contents on Windows Phone 7 devices and Windows Phone can wirelessly sync with Zune Software.

Later versions

Syncing content between Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 and Windows PCs or Macs is provided through the Windows Phone App, which is available for both Windows and Mac OS X. It is the official successor to Zune software only for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1, and allows users to transfer content such as music, videos, and documents.Users also have the ability to use a "Tap and Send" feature that allows for file transfer between Windows phones, and NFC-compatible devices through NFC.

Updates

(File:WinPhoneUpdate.jpg|thumb|upright|A test notification of an "update available" pop-up in the Windows Phone emulator.)Software updates are delivered to Windows Phone users via Microsoft Update, as is the case with other Windows operating systems.WEB,weblink Windows Phone OS 7.0 Architecture Guide, Paul, Thurrott, Paul Thurrott, Windows Phone Secrets, April 19, 2010, September 9, 2010, Microsoft initially had the intention to directly update any phone running Windows Phone instead of relying on OEMs or wireless carriers,WEB,weblink Microsoft talks Windows Phone 7 features, native code, multi-tasking and update process, M., Daou, MobileTechWorld, April 11, 2012, July 24, 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120510210727weblink">weblink May 10, 2012, dead, but on January 6, 2012, Microsoft changed their policy to let carriers decide if an update will be delivered.WEB,weblink New maintenance release for Windows Phone, Eric, Hautala, Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft, January 6, 2012, July 24, 2012, While Windows Phone 7 users were required to attach their phones to a PC to install updates,WEB,weblink Confidential Windows Phone 7 Development Guides leaked, MobileTechWorld, M., Daou, May 16, 2010, June 3, 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100521194608weblink">weblink May 21, 2010, dead, starting with Windows Phone 8, all updates are done via over-the-air downloads.WEB,weblink Windows Update for Windows Phone: This is What You've Been Waiting For, Windows Phone Thoughts, Thoughts Media, Jason, Dunn, October 20, 2010, July 24, 2012, Since Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has also begun releasing minor updates that add features to a current OS release throughout the year.WEB,weblink Ballmer talks Windows Phone 7 with CNET (Q&A), Ina, Fried, CNET, CBS Interactive, October 11, 2010, July 24, 2012, These updates were first labeled "General Distribution releases" (or GDRs), but were later rebranded simply as "Updates".All third-party applications can be updated automatically from the Windows Phone Store.WEB,weblink Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 Series unveiled, Engadget, AOL, Chris, Ziegler, March 15, 2010, June 3, 2010,

Advertising platform

Microsoft has also launched an advertising platform for the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft's General Manager for Strategy and Business Development, Kostas Mallios, said that Windows Phone will be an "ad-serving machine", pushing advertising and brand-related content to the user. The platform will feature advertising tiles near applications and toast notifications, which will bring updating advertising notifications. Mallios said that Windows Phone will be able to "preserve the brand experience by going directly from the web site right to the application", and that Windows Phone "enables advertisers to connect with consumers over time".WEB,weblink MS Sees Windows Phone 7 as an 'Ad-Serving Machine', June 25, 2010, Barry, Levine, NewsFactor, July 25, 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120725200710weblink">weblink July 25, 2012, dead, mdy-all, Mallios continued: "you're now able to push information as an advertiser, and stay in touch with your customer. It's a dynamic relationship that is created and provides for an ongoing dialog with the consumer."WEB,weblink Microsoft's Ad-Serving Machine, Dave, Methvin, June 25, 2010, InformationWeek, UBM TechWeb, July 25, 2012,

Bluetooth

Windows Phone supports the following Bluetooth profiles:WEB,weblink Bluetooth profiles supported by Windows Phone, Microsoft Support, Microsoft, February 13, 2012, March 14, 2012,
  1. Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP 1.2)
  2. Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP 1.3)
  3. Hands Free Profile (HFP 1.5)
  4. Headset Profile (HSP 1.1)
  5. Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP 1.1)
  6. Bluetooth File Transfer (OBEX) (from Windows Phone 7.8)
Windows Phone BTF support is available from Windows Phone 7.8, but is limited to the transferring of pictures, music and videos via a 'Bluetooth Share' app.WEB,weblink Can i send or receive files through bluetooth on windows phone 7.5 mango?, Microsoft Answers, Microsoft, October 4, 2011, July 25, 2012, WEB,weblink Send photos, Docs via Bluetooth, Microsoft Answers, Microsoft, October 28, 2012, July 25, 2012,

Feature additions

Microsoft keeps a site where people can submit and vote on features they would like to see added to Windows Phone.WEB,weblink Have a new Windows Phone feature idea? Try Suggestion Box, Windowsteamblog.com, September 28, 2011, 2013-12-16,

Store

The Windows Phone Store was used to digitally distribute music, video content, podcasts, and third party applications to Windows Phone handsets. The store was accessible using the Zune Software client or the Windows Phone Store hub on devices (though videos were not downloadable through the store hub and must be downloaded and synced through the Zune software).WEB,weblink Get music, videos, and podcasts from Marketplace, Microsoft, August 17, 2012, The Store was managed by Microsoft, which included an approval process. As of March 2012, the Windows Phone Store was available in 54 countries.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120329044442weblink">weblink dead, March 29, 2012, Marketplace arrives in 13 new countries, Mazhar, Mohammed, Windows Phone Blog, Microsoft, March 28, 2012, August 17, 2012,

Music and videos

Xbox Music offered approximately 50 million songs up to 320 kbit/s in DRM-free MP3 format from the big four music groups (EMI, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG and Universal Music Group), as well as smaller music labels. Xbox Video offered HD movies from Paramount, Universal, Warner Brothers, and other studios and plus television shows from popular television networks.Microsoft offered the Xbox Music Pass music subscription service, which allowed subscribers to download an unlimited number of songs for as long as their subscription was active and play them on current Microsoft devices.

Applications and games

Development

Third party applications and games for Windows Phone can be based on XNA, a Windows Phone-specific version of Silverlight, the GUI-based Windows Phone App Studio, or the Windows Runtime, which allows developers to develop an app for the both the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store simultaneously.WEB,weblink Features Differences Between Silverlight and Silverlight for Windows Phone, Microsoft Developer Network, Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Microsoft, October 27, 2011, Leaked images show Universal Store of apps for Windows and Windows Phone. WinBeta.org. 2014-02-13Windows App Studio - Microsoft {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140301130835weblink |date=March 1, 2014 }}. Appstudio.windowsphone.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-25. App developers can develop apps using C# / Visual Basic.NET (.NET), C++ (CX) or HTML5/JavaScript.For Windows Phone apps to be designed and tested within Visual Studio or Visual Studio Express, Microsoft offers Windows Phone Developer Tools, which run only on Windows Vista SP2 and later, as an extensionWEB,weblink Installing the Windows Phone SDK, Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Microsoft, September 23, 2011, October 27, 2011, Microsoft also offers Expression Blend for Windows Phone for free. On November 29, 2009, Microsoft announced the Release-to-web (RTW) version of its Visual Basic .NET Developer Tool, to aid development of Windows Phone apps in Visual Basic.Later versions of Windows Phone support the running of managed code through a Common Language Runtime similar to that of the Windows operating system itself, as opposed to the .NET Compact Framework. This, along with support for native C and C++ libraries, allows some traditional Windows desktop programs to be easily ported to Windows Phone.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120701020033weblink">weblink dead, July 1, 2012, Recapping Windows Phone 8 developer news, The Windows Phone Developer Blog, Kevin, Gallo, Microsoft, June 29, 2012, August 17, 2012,

Submission

Registered Windows Phone and Xbox Live developers can submit and manage their third party applications for the platforms through the App Hub web applications. The App Hub provides development tools and support for third-party application developers. The submitted applications undergo an approval process for verifications and validations to check if they qualify the applications standardization criteria set by Microsoft.WEB, Introducing App Hub for Windows Phone & Indie Game Developers,weblink Microsoft, The Windows Phone Developer Blog, Todd, Brix, October 11, 2010, December 16, 2010, The cost of the applications that are approved is up to the developer, but Microsoft will take 20% of the revenue (the other 80% goes to the developer).WEB,weblink The Right MIX, The Windows Phone Developer Blog, Microsoft, Charlie, Kindel, March 15, 2010, October 27, 2011, Microsoft will only pay developers once they reach a set sales figure, and will withhold 30% tax from non-US developers, unless they first register with the United States Government's Internal Revenue Service. Microsoft only pays developers from a list of thirty countries.WEB,weblink App Hub – faq: answers at a glance, Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Microsoft, October 27, 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120229234909weblink">weblink February 29, 2012, mdy-all, A yearly fee is also payable for developers wishing to submit apps.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101014060848weblink">weblink dead, October 14, 2010, App Hub – how it works, Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Microsoft, October 27, 2011, In order to get an application to appear in the Windows Phone Store, the application must be submitted to Microsoft for approval. Microsoft has outlined the content that it will not allow in the applications, which includes content that, among other things, advocates discrimination or hate, promotes usage of drugs, alcohol or tobacco, or includes sexually suggestive material.WEB,weblink Windows Phone Marketplace – Content policies, Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), Microsoft, August 17, 2012, July 26, 2012,

Hardware

Windows Phone 7 devices were first produced by HTC, LG and Samsung. These hardware partners were later joined by Acer, Alcatel, Fujitsu, Toshiba, Nokia, and Chinese OEM ZTE.Windows Phone 8 devices were being produced by HTC, Huawei, Nokia, and Samsung.At the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Microsoft announced that upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 devices will be manufactured by Celkon, Gionee, HTC, Huawei, JSR, Karbonn, LG, Lenovo, Longcheer, Micromax, Microsoft Mobile, Samsung, Xolo, and ZTE among others.Molen, Brad. (2014-02-23) Microsoft announces new Windows Phone hardware partners, including LG and Lenovo. Engadget.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-25. Sony (under the Xperia or Vaio brand) has also stated its intention to produce Windows Phone devices in the near future.WEB,weblink The new Windows Phone 8 manufacturer... that you've probably never heard of, Neowin, 2013-07-11, Yezz announced two smartphones in May, and at Computex 2014 BYD, Compal, Pegatron, Quanta and Wistron were also named as new Windows Phone OEMs.WEB,weblink Blu, Prestigio and Yezz showcase Windows Phone handsets, gsmarena.com, In August 2014, Huawei said it was dropping support for Windows Phone due to low sales.WEB,weblink Huawei drops Windows Phone citing lack of profit, neowin.net, >

Reception

User interface

The reception to the Metro UI and overall interface of the OS has also been highly praised for its style,{{Citation needed|date=January 2013}} with ZDNet noting its originality and fresh clean look.WEB,weblink Microsoft Windows Phone 7 technical preview: A definitive guide, Matthew, Miller, CBS Interactive, ZDNet, July 18, 2010, October 23, 2010, Engadget and ZDNet applauded the integration of Facebook into the People Hub as well as other built-in capabilities, such as Windows Live, etc. However, in version 8.1 the once tight Facebook and Twitter integration has been removed so that updates from those social media sites must be accessed via their respective apps.Windows Phone 8.1: A bittersweet update that appeals to the mainstream. Zdnet (2014-04-25). Retrieved on 2014-05-07.

Market share

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Windows Phone 7 (2010–2012)

According to Gartner, there were 1.6 million devices running Microsoft OS sold to customers in Q1 2011 worldwide.PRESS RELEASE,weblink Gartner Says 428 Million Mobile Communication Devices Sold Worldwide in First Quarter 2011, a 19 Percent Increase Year-on-Year, Gartner, May 19, 2011, August 17, 2012, 1.7 million smartphones using a Microsoft mobile OS were sold in Q2 2011, for a 1.6% market share.PRESS RELEASE, Gartner Says Sales of Mobile Devices in Second quarter of 2011 Grew 16.5 Percent Year-on-Year; Smartphone Sales Grew 74 Percent,weblink September 29, 2011, Gartner, August 11, 2011, In Q3 2011, Microsoft's worldwide market share dropped slightly to 1.5%.PRESS RELEASE, Gartner Says Sales of Mobile Devices Grew 5.6 Percent in Third quarter of 2011; Smartphone Sales Increased 42 Percent,weblink Gartner, November 15, 2011, February 7, 2012, In Q4 2011 market share increased to 1.9%,PRESS RELEASE, Gartner Says Worldwide Smartphone Sales Soared in Fourth Quarter of 2011 With 47 Percent Growth,weblink Gartner, February 15, 2012, August 18, 2012, and it stayed at 1.9% for Q1 2012.PRESS RELEASE, Gartner Says Worldwide Sales of Mobile Phones Declined 2 Percent in First Quarter of 2012; Previous Year-over-Year Decline Occurred in Second Quarter of 2009,weblink Gartner, May 16, 2012, August 18, 2012, Reports for Q2, Q3 and Q4 of year 2011 include both Windows Phone and small part of Windows Mobile marketshare under the same "Microsoft mobile OS" banner, and do not make the distinction of separating the marketshare values of the two. According to Nielsen, Windows Phone had a 1.7% market share in Q1 2012,WEB, America's New Mobile Majority: a Look at Smartphone Owners in the U.S., May 7, 2012, Nielsen Company, Nielsen, Nielsen Wire,weblink August 18, 2012, and then dropped back to 1.3% in Q2 2012.WEB, Two Thirds of New Mobile Buyers Now Opting For Smartphones, July 12, 2012, Nielsen Company, Nielsen, Nielsen Wire,weblink August 18, 2012,

Windows Phone 8 (2012–2015)

After the release of Windows Phone 8, Gartner reported that Windows Phone's marketshare jumped to 3% in Q4 2012, a 124% increase over the same time period in 2011.WEB,weblink Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 1.7 Percent in 2012, Gartner.com, 2013-02-13, 2013-06-14, In mid-2012, IDC had suggested that Windows Phone might surpass the faltering BlackBerry platform and potentially even Apple iOS, because of Nokia dominance in emerging markets like Asia, Latin America, and Africa, as the iPhone was considered too expensive for most of these regions and BlackBerry OS possibly going to feature a similar fate as Symbian.NEWS,weblink Wired, Alexandra, Chang, Why IDC Predicts Windows Phone Will Surpass iOS by 2016, June 6, 2012, WEB,weblink Microsoft's Windows Phone Beats iOS by 2015: Analyst, eweek.com, IDC's projections were partially correct, as in Q1 2013 Windows Phone shipments surpassed BlackBerry shipment volume for the first time.Miller, Matthew. (2013-08-07) IDC: Windows Phone sees largest year-over-year increase, Android still dominates. ZDNet. Retrieved on 2013-12-09. IDC had to slash the Windows Phone predictions once again, to 7 percent of total market in 2018, because of the slow growth.WEB,weblink Windows Phone forecast slashed once again, February 26, 2014, siliconbeat.com, As of the third quarter of 2013, Gartner reported that Windows Phone holds a worldwide market share of 3.6%, up 123% from the same period in 2012 and outpacing Android's rate of growth.New research says Windows Phone has blowout growth, is the "winner of the quarter" | Computerworld Blogs {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140104204450weblink |date=January 4, 2014 }}. Blogs.computerworld.com (2013-11-15). Retrieved on 2014-05-25. According to Kantar's October 2013 report, Windows Phone accounted for 10.2% of all smartphone sales in Europe and 4.8% of all sales in the United States.Edmonds, Rich. (2013-12-02) Windows Phone hits 10% sales across Europe, but still struggles in China and the US | Windows Phone Central. Wpcentral.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-25. Some analysts have attributed this spike in sales to both Windows Phone 8 and Nokia's successful push to market low and mid-range Windows Phones like the Lumia 520 and Lumia 620 to a younger audience.Windows Phone nears double digit share across Europe, Samsung begins to feel pressure from resurgent Sony, Nokia and LG - Kantar. Uk.kantar.com (2013-09-30). Retrieved on 2014-05-25. Gartner reported that Windows Phone market share finished 2013 at 3.2%, which while down from the third quarter of 2013 was still a 46.7% improvement from the same period in 2012.WEB,weblink Gartner Smart Phone Marketshare 2013 Q4, Gartner, Inc, 2014-01-13, IDC reported that Windows Phone market share, having peaked in 2013 at 3.4%, had dropped to 2.5% by the second quarter of 2014.WEB,weblink IDC: Smartphone OS Market Share, www.idc.com, In August 2017, the New York Police Department ordered Apple iPhone products to replace its deployment of 36,000 Lumia 830 and Lumia 640 XL Windows Phone devices, partly citing Microsoft's end of support for Windows Phone 8.1 and its minuscule market share.WEB,weblink New York City cops will replace their 36,000 Windows phones with iPhones, Liao, Shannon, 2017-08-28, The Verge, 2017-08-29,

Developer interest

Microsoft's developer initiative programs and marketing have gained attention from application developers. As of Q3 2013, an average of 21% of mobile developers use the Windows Phone platform, with another 35% stating they are interested in adopting it."Developer Economics Q3 2013" analyst report - WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2013-07-01, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130926191729weblink">weblink September 26, 2013, - Retrieved July 2013 - Some reports have indicated that developers may be less interested in developing for Windows Phone because of lower ad revenue when compared to competing platforms.WEB,weblink One astonishing number shows why developers are avoiding Windows Phone, BGR, January 22, 2014, Brad, Reed, The main criticism of Windows Phone is still the lack of applications when compared to iOS and Android.WEB,weblink Microsoft Endlessly Disappoints With 'New' Windows Phone Apps, Wired, Conde Nast, March 27, 2013, Alexandra, Chang, WEB,weblink Windows Phone has an app problem, but don't tell that to Microsoft, TechRadar, Future plc, March 28, 2013, Michelle, Fitzsimmons, WEB,weblink Nokia frustrated with lack of apps, progress on Windows Phone, July 29, 2013, Salvador, Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times, WEB,weblink The Biggest Problems with Windows Phone, March 26, 2015, Saburah, Tripathi, TheBigComputing, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150402115207weblink">weblink April 2, 2015, Developers are backing out of the platform and retiring apps because of the low market share.WEB,weblink Windows Phone keeps on losing major apps, BetaNews, Mihăiță, Bamburic, April 6, 2015, WEB,weblink The exodus from the Windows Phone Ecosystem, Richard, Hay, Supersite for Windows, Penton, April 8, 2015,

See also

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