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.
I decided to use Rapid PHP as my external editor for code. While not perfect and despite a few flaws, it meets my needs and has already made a significant difference in my coding productivity.
I started using FrontPage nearly 20 years ago and I'm still using its offspring, Expression Web. Why?
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.
I've never been emotionally attached to any of the PCs I've owned. This visit to the dump was tougher.
For a time I was happy with Driving Mode on my Windows 10 phone. Now I realize how superficial it is.
Serendipity kept me in the Windows Phone camp. It'll be okay.
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.
Sometimes the Internet inspires deep dives. Here's my most recent.
With Internet attacks ever on the rise, I needed the safest means I could find to insert or update records where user input is involved. My solution is a remarkably simple PHP class that uses PDO statements and binding.
One Windows 10 installation message froze me in place when I first saw it. Has Microsoft completely lost its mind?
Flatland and Chrome. Microsoft seems fixated on the wrong things.
Is the new Lumia 950 a worthy replacement for my aging 920?
Buy carefully now and save money in the long run.
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.
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?
This past weekend I upgraded two systems to Windows 10. Here's my upgrade experience, some important safety tips, and my first impressions of Microsoft's future.
Today I retired my Mac Mini. But for Apple, I would have kept it going much longer.
Microsoft doesn't have to do much more to convince me to buy an iPhone.