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Leaked photo confirms that Microsoft is removing 'Phone' from Windows Phone

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Leaked photo confirms that Microsoft is removing 'Phone' from Windows Phone
With talk that Microsoft will be unifying Windows, a leaked photograph of the My Go GoPhone GF47W, shows a change in the insignia printed on the back of a Windows Phone handset. Instead of the words "Windows Phone", the back of the device says "Windows" which seems to confirm Microsoft's plans.

Actually, this change was already heralded by the decision to give HTC's new model the name HTC One (M8) for Windows, not Windows Phone. To top it off, last week we told you about a leaked confidential document that revealed Microsoft's intention to drop the Nokia name from its new handsets.

The picture of the phone was discovered on a microsite that was unlinked on the My Go web site. In addition, the picture is "stamped" CONFIDENTIAL - Internal Use Only. It looks like it is just a matter of time until Microsoft makes this official.

Hey, where's the

Hey, where's the "Phone?


source: Neowin via WPCentral

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posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:05

1. na7noo7 (Posts: 278; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


Now, how do we know if it's for phones or for Desktops?

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:07 16

2. Beijendorf (Posts: 340; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


If it's on a phone, it's safe to assume it's for a phone. Probably.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:20 1

3. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Size difference will let an individual know what type of device it is. Articles, Commercials, packaging etc will let us know the difference also .

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 22:17 1

16. vincelongman (Posts: 4431; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


What's happening with RT?
I read that MS were going to merge RT into WP and use WP for tablets

But if a tablet just says Windows, some might be confused whether its full x86 or ARM WP
But I guess once you use it the difference will be obvious

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 23:22 1

18. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2184; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


That's the idea, make people think they ARE getting full windows. They did away with the "RT" moniker, and now this, because technically, it's not wrong to omit the fact that you aren't getting full-fledged Windows.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 00:21 2

21. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Its all mergint together ; windows, windows RT and Windows phone .

One OS , running on different platforms...

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 01:56

24. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


lmao.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 05:15

27. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


"But I guess once you use it the difference will be obvious" - wouldn't that be a bit too late?

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 05:48

29. vincelongman (Posts: 4431; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Depends, I usually test it in store before buying, even if I'm buying online
I think most other people would too
And also you could tell by the CPU (if its x86 or ARM)

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 00:13

20. steedsofwar (unregistered)


Guy above you: "If it's on a phone, it's safe to assume it's for a phone. Probably."

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 02:41 1

25. Spedez (Posts: 450; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


But still it isn't the same OS. Far from it. It just makes things more confusing because people start expecting desktop Windows experience and their version numbering just doesn't match up. Perhaps in MS they are thinking that people hate the "phone" word in Windows Phone instead of the "windows" one.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:38

6. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


It doesn't matter. Both will provide the same forced, in your face / annoying experience (if they don't reform by 9).

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 01:14 1

22. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


As opposed to an Android phone which allows you to run WP and iOS, all on the same phone together.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:38

7. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


If it's unified (my assumption: same OS, maybe?) then it doesn't matter if it's for desktop or phone. You have a phone, then you know it's a phone running the same OS as on Windows for desktops.

If it's not the same OS, I would have the same question you do.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 23:24

19. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2184; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


They won't be the same, though. ARM != x86/AMD64.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 01:54

23. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Then I hope they don't cut off "Phone" on their mobile OS name. If the operating systems aren't the same while baring the same name, that would be stupid as furk.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 05:13

26. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


I guess the big problem is not in the phone branch but in the tablet one. A phone is a phone, you'll know what to expect (i.e. no Starcraft2 on the phone in the near future). For tablets you'll always have to check the CPU type, which some people are not familiar with. They buy an "RT", go home to load Starcraft and ... FAIL, wrong CPU type/OS version! Even now when I stay in front of the store, I can not say which tablet I want to buy until I see the CPU type. And this is happening only for Windows. When Microsoft will 'unify' the naming (because they will unify just Phone+RT and the naming) then the fun will start.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 18:58

33. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


"A phone is a phone, you'll know what to expect (i.e. no Starcraft2 on the phone in the near future). "
- Nope. I didn't even mention such heavy gaming, and that doesn't even have anything to do with just the OS. It depends on cpu, gpu, ram, and all other stuff. If it's a phone, of course I don't expect it to run Starcraft 2 in the near future, but I expect it to work just like Windows for desktop if it's called freakin "Windows".

"FAIL, wrong CPU type/OS version!"
- Now we're talking. You see, if they drop "RT" out while it's still the freaking Windows RT, a lot of people are gonna be confused, right? Same for phone. Even as "Windows RT", some people already got confused. xD

All I can say here is... don't ever freaking drop "Phone" out of "Windows Phone" if it's not full fledged Windows. They unify Windows RT and Windows Phone? Alright, call it RT or whatever, but not just "Windows", please.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:52 2

10. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


just like android doesnt need to make the distinction.

this isnt nothing new and nothing unexpected.

Microsoft wants ONE windows, for phone tablet, pc, etc.

just like android is on phone, tablet and yes, pc. not that chrome nonsense

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 19:01

34. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Android doesn't need to make any distinction cuz Android is Android. Android on a laptop or tablet is the same Android on phone.

So yeah, if Microsoft makes Windows for phone the same thing as Windows for desktop, calling it one same Windows is gonna be okay.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 05:32

28. SIGPRO (Posts: 1436; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Windows 9 will be 1 system for phones, computers, tablets and other devices!
So no more Windows Phone! I thinks it's a great idea.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 08:01

30. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Not true. The system will not be able to run the same apps over the entire gadget range: W9 on (some) tablets and phones will not run as on PC. It will have just the same name, but will be very different. I hope MS proves me wrong, but they can't.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:34 3

4. MC1123 (Posts: 1255; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Windows(phone) should at least support usb otg first!!! Otg is important!!! Symbian has it android has it!

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 13:25

31. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


And windows mobile has it. To be honest, i have never used it, not once on any phone that supported it. Carrying an extra dongle all the time is meh to me. Not to mention carrying the extra storage. I can only think of a few situations, a few, where it would matter. And in those instances, my tablet is easier and supports OTG.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:35

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


GoPhone?

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:55

11. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


When I first saw that I thought about the Gophone chinese clones of the iPhones.
My reaction was the same as your photo.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:45

8. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


...this sounds like it is probably true, but wouldn't something like this be insanely easy to photoshop?

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 19:49

9. Settings (Posts: 1599; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Where's the "phone"? iPhone took it!

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 20:13 1

12. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Yeah!!!S is doing this to confuse normal people.....

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 21:04 3

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


next - No Nokia

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 21:51

14. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1545; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Folks Microsoft has to do this because they only have access to the Nokia name for a awhile plus the fact is Nokia of Finland MAY WANT MAKE TO MAKE products & services using it's Brand name "Nokia" Microsoft does not like to confuse People by having them wonder which Nokia Products are theirs or which products are the Nokia company based in Finland that they bought some of it's mobile assets from. MS "Lumia" products should be the name of Microsoft smart phones and Tablets that use ARMs CPU's and MS Surface should be the name all Desktops, laptops and Tablets that can run old Legacy programs run on windows XP, Vista and Windows 7/8.1 intel / AMD CPU's

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 22:14 2

15. Tuxedo (Posts: 346; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


MS has an identity crisis. Another unnecessary change in the wrong direction.

posted on 14 Sep 2014, 22:43 2

17. seanwhat (Posts: 280; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


90% of the things microsoft have done in the past few years have been terrible. this decision is just another, definitely not unexpected. microsoft used to be such a good company, they need to stop doing things that there's just no need for.

posted on 15 Sep 2014, 13:27

32. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Really? two different worlds i suppose.

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