The Windows OS: Mobile OS Competition Or A Dying Cause?
Ever since its release in 2010, Windows OS Mobile has faced more criticism than praise.
Owing majorly to the fall of the Nokia Lumia line of phones that included almost ninety percent of the Windows OS phones in the market, the operating system suffered bad initial reviews and market acceptance. When this year, Windows came up with high promises about possible improvements, there was hope. But trust us; we definitely don’t see these promises getting fulfilled any time soon. Here are some reasons why we think so.
When they launched, Windows Mobile OS, in comparison to its peers by Google and Apple, seemed to refocus all its energies and creative genius on making one thing clear: Windows Phones are for the working professional. However, what they fail to understand is that Apple has already disrupted the market for productivity devices. So, by the time Microsoft realized a market and explored it, it was almost saturated.
Further, Microsoft failed in exploring the low-price gadget market too, like Android, which created a further loss of market share. Another major problem with the Windows Mobile OS line of phones was the lack of applications. While most basic apps have been created for the Windows Mobile OS, for those users who love exploring applications and games, Windows Phones are a no-no. Unfortunately, this makes for a major proportion of the smartphones in the market. Who will want a smart-phone and not explore all the smart things your phone could do! And, what’s worse is that the Windows OS never made enough amends to make up for this short-coming. While we really hope their upcoming models do, we are not sure when to see it happening though.
User experience has faced severe criticism owing to a lot of ‘wasted space’ on the home screen. Even those users expecting good experience with the music player, were left disappointed due to a lack of equalizer presets.
Besides all this, there were some very specific limitations in the Windows Mobile OS, which reduced their popularity all the more. Users had severe difficulty due to the absence of the Bluetooth file transfer facility, and the lack of USB mass storage mode. This meant increased complexity in sharing and managing documents, and this resulted in overall discomfort. To add to these woes, there is no native file manager. So, even those who had actually invested in the phone, because they could use it for ‘work’, weren’t very happy.
Having said all this, it might take a genuine Microsoft/ Nokia loyal to really love a Windows OS, because for the number of ways it lacks basic hygiene features, new users are going to find it extremely difficult to adapt. In fact, they might not find features that make it worth the effort to adapt from an Android or an iOS interface to a much clumsier, distorted interface of Windows OS phones.
Overall, we have stayed disappointed with the Windows Mobile OS. What do you think? Share with us.
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by techtalks @TechTalks March 30, 2015 8:30 AM UTC