Microsoft Windows Phone: When will the funeral take place?

– When will Nokia hold a funeral for Microsoft Windows Phone?

This is the question the Norwegian social media and mobile analyst, Hans-Petter Nygård-Hansen, is asking on his blog And he adds: – It is just a question about time before Nokia goes for Android – to survive!

– It is quite ironic to think of the fact that Microsoft actually saved Apple from bankruptcy in 1997. 10 years later, when Apple launched iPhone, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer did not believe Apple would succeed with their touch phone. The same year Nokia hired Microsoft’s business division top manager, Steven Elop as CEO. One year later, far too late, Nokia chose to lay Symbian and MeeGo dead, to focus on Microsoft Windows Phone. Then, the year after Elop came in charge and the strategy change towards Windows Phone, Microsoft held their own iPhone funeral. Now Windows Phone was meant to conquer the global mobile market once and for all, and as a consequence rescue Nokia from bankruptcy and death, Nygård-Hansen writes (my translation).

So far it has not been any success despite a small growth in market share. The global phone market is still ruled by Android and iPhone. It is now just a question about time when Nokia will understand that they have to go for Android and leave Windows – just to survive.

Read Hans-Petter Nygård-Hansen’s blog post here (in norwegian – use google translate).


  1. The info you’re missing is that there are a great many Windows Phones pilots starting within companies, and they see it as a good fit to replace BlackBerry. Some of those pilots are taking place within customers who are moving off Notes, so I think the Notes funeral will happen first.


      1. Yes, I did realise that it was from an analyst – regardless of who writes it, they don’t have the inside info on how many Windows Phones pilots are under way within enterprises.

        You are right that it doesn’t really have anything to do with Notes – I just find it amusing that IBMers write about the perceived struggle of a competitor’s product in the market when their own is suffering so badly.


        1. Darren,

          Both You and I and everybody else knows that pilots are just that and not sold licences. At this moment Windows Mobile is hardly visible on the market share statistics. What the future brings noone knows…

          And that ends this unproductive discussion.


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