Is Windows 7 Phone… Dead?

07 Oct

The shock, the horror... not really!

From what I can tell the answer (wait for it) is… Yes!

If Microsoft continues to proceed with the preview of Windows 8, and makes no major changes to the approach it is taking with the proposed new OS, it does not appear to have room for either Silverlight or Zune APIs, which pretty much kills the application building approach suggested and supported by Microsoft for that mobile device.

Another little interesting tidbit was what I got in my inbox from XBox Live today:

XBox and Zune

Does this mean Zune is not far behind?

So add it up… Silverlight appears to be dead in Windows 8, and maybe Zune APIs is now dead, and you pretty much just killed Microsoft Windows 7 Phone.  That is even more curious as to Zune now being part of it.  Will Microsoft now push that the Zune desktop application be on Metro GUI?  Furthermore, Metro will not run on Windows XP and you can see how Microsoft appears to be pushing the issue that Windows 8 is the future of all things Microsoft, and it also appears in my mind, the end of XP, Vista, Win7, and especially Windows Phone 7.


More to come…


Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Opinion, Technology


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6 responses to “Is Windows 7 Phone… Dead?

  1. Andreano Lanusse

    October 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I don’t think zune is dead, I think they are unifying all the platform and it will affect API’s, languages and interface.

  2. techmana

    October 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    So under the proposed Windows 8 preview and Metro, it appears Silverlight is done, and I think Zune can’t be far behind, if it is not already there. It appears and I’m going out on a limb here, that Microsoft may have learned something from Apple after all, and are not consolidating everything under WinRT just like Apple OS X and iOS is doing.

    If that is the case that means (IMO) that .NET, Silverlight, and Zune are dead and considered legacy.

  3. Andreano Lanusse

    October 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    They are just turning Windows Phone + Zune in a iPhone 🙂

  4. techmana

    October 7, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Would it not be easier to just license the iOS and go from there?

  5. Michael Thuma

    October 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I personally have no idea what MS does in the area of mobiles. But Nokia did not say anything contrary.The launch is still planned for Q4 2011. Mango supports gaming. Ok, after 5 years a product made it or not. Zune was an answer to the IPod touch. IPod although if it is very nice alternative to the IPhone is by far not considered and I think because it is not available for free.

    Classic mobiles are here and the mobiles still are the most wide spread devices and they allow almost the same. (The share of smart phones sold is app. 25% mobiles of the new mobiles sold). Everything smart-phone*) will happen then when the alternatives are gone. I doubt this will happen. From this perspective Mike you could be right that in practice it can turn out that MS will redefine their Phone platform and consolidate the way Andreano suggested and focus on the current developments in the area of tablets/Pads and similar.

    Those devices that allow a combination at the moment of games, phone, social media are provided by Sony, Nokia and Apple. The price for mobiles is still 0 USD/EUR and honestly my nex mobile will be a Nokia just phone because just phone today is almost a smart-phone. For me the difference is, will I go to a store and buy something additionally. I wonder if you would give you sun/children a plastic box for gaming or a device for a few hundred dollars that breaks after half a year and how often will other people do this. For me it looks MS has nothing to loose, either Gartner is right then they are early enough by providing what they have and consolidate because 2013 is early enough for the price range in the middle. Everything bigger than IPhone is hard to put into ones pocket … this is why i still believe in Pads + just normal evolved mobiles.

    >that Windows 8 is the future of all things Microsoft
    I have heard this too often to make people switch but of course still 50% of the worlds PCs on WinXP … If they want to get rid of these machines they should provide a clean offering on the ARM devices or compact PC devices. Combinations with classic mobiles.


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