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September 2017, Vol. 1, No. 6

Microsoft Windows Mobile failed to take off -- here's why

Microsoft has been a leader in consumer and enterprise software for years, and its Windows 10 operating system, Azure cloud platform and Office 365 software are all growing. But the company has been signaling defeat in mobility for some time now. Microsoft's mobile business revenues have steadily declined since its problematic acquisition of Nokia in 2014, after which the company wrote off billions of dollars in losses and cut thousands of jobs. This past July, Microsoft dropped support for its Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, which runs on the majority of Windows-powered handsets. And thus far, the Windows 10 Mobile OS has been a disappointment because of stability and application incompatibility issues -- so much so that Microsoft had to provide a means of downgrading to Windows Phone 8, the predecessor of the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS. Microsoft's long history of serving the technology infrastructure needs of large organizations gives the company many opportunities to deliver enterprise mobility tools. The opportunity to...

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