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The Windows Phone is Really Dead

death-of-windows-phone.pngA year after buying my Lumia 950, the final shoe has dropped. A Microsoft executive admitted (mostly) that Windows Mobile would not move forward. Support, yes; anything else, no.

It has been hard to parse Microsoft when it spoke about its own phones (it is less ambiguous about iPhones and Android). But proof abounds. Look no further than Microsoft's own site, where Microsoft commonly had links to all offers from the various wireless companies. No such links are present now. Turning to AT&T and Verizon's sites, no Windows phone is listed. Windows phone is dead.

My Lumia 950 phones are just one year old. It's too soon for me to switch; it will be at a year, probably two, before I need a new phone. All the nice things I've said about the Lumia 950 are still true. All the nasty things I've said about Microsoft and phones are still true.

I'm no friend of Google but I there is probably an Android phone in my future. iPhones are too expensive.

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Support for Windows Vista Ends on...

I updated my little doomsday counter (sidebar right) today. It now knows about Windows 10.

I also reprogrammed it so it will run automatically for the next eight years, which is when Windows 10 extended support expires. Mainstream support for Windows 10 ends in October, 2020, a little over three years from now. Presumably, we'll know about Windows 10's successor by then.

Or perhaps we'll discover that Windows 10 has become software as a service and will continue forever.

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Windows 10 Driving Mode

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Solving my Phone Problem

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Windows Vista Will Wane

There are now less than six months until support ends for Windows Vista.

Once support ends, Microsoft will post no further updates and this puts Vista into the same category as Windows XP - unsafe at any speed.

If you're still using Vista, your options are limited. Some PCs from the early Windows 7 days came with dual licenses for Vista and 7. If that is present on your PCs, you should make the upgrade as soon as possible.

If you are thinking about Windows 10 for your Vista PCs, plan on new installs, not upgrades.

Given the age of the PCs involved, new PCs with Windows 10 are probably a better bet.

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All Your Files Are Exactly Where You Left Them

One Windows 10 installation message froze me in place when I first saw it. Has Microsoft completely lost its mind?

The Dull Edge

Flatland and Chrome. Microsoft seems fixated on the wrong things.

The New Lumia Phones

Is the new Lumia 950 a worthy replacement for my aging 920?

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The New Microsoft?

I watched Microsoft's October 6th event live, just a month after Apple's September event. I was amazed. Dumfounded, even. And it had less to do with products than style. And desire.

Expression Web vs. Dreamweaver

As fond as I am of Microsoft's now-defunct Expression Web product, as a dead product it won't keep up with the natural evolution of Web development. Sooner or later I will need a replacement. Dreamweaver is a likely target, but is it right for me?

Windows 10 - First Impressions

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Mac Mini Mothballed

Today I retired my Mac Mini. But for Apple, I would have kept it going much longer.

What About Windows 10?

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Maybe.

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