Is Windows Phone dead? Microsoft Stores in the US think so

Is Windows Phone dead? Microsoft Stores in the US think so
Windows Phones are in a bit of an interesting position here in September of 2016. Microsoft's Lumia 950 flagships were released about a year ago with a great deal of disappointment from both critics and consumers. HP's Elite X3 looks like it could be promising, but the price and marketing for the handset is definitely meant for enterprise users rather than consumers. Microsoft has been making a big shift to enterprise over consumer customers for the Windows Phone platform for some time now, and with the bit of news that we have today, that point is even more prominent.

Thanks to folks who shared their stories with MSPoweruser, it would appear that Microsoft is slowly getting rid of Windows Phone handsets in some of their Microsoft Stores across the US. Microsoft initially set up these Microsoft Stores in an effort to provide more expertise and support for all of their products in a similar fashion to what is done at the Apple Stores. While laptops, Surface products, and other gadgets still have a presence here, Windows Phone looks to be something that's no longer a concern for these physical outlets.

According to one comment, a Microsoft Store in Boston has hardly any Windows Phones up for display. None of the support reps are very knowledgeable about the the products, and only one of the employees there is the owner of a Windows Phone. Another report regards a Microsoft Store in Arizona, where there are reportedly no Windows Phones up for display at all.

Is Windows Phone dead? Microsoft Stores in the US think so

Throughout 2016, Microsoft has continually slashed prices of their Lumia handsets. With Buy One, Get One Free and 50% off sales happening more frequently than they should for Windows Phone products, it's quite obvious that Microsoft is trying to get rid of whatever stock they currently have on hand. And, with this new trend of Microsoft Stores no longer displaying or advertising Windows Phones, it would appear that Windows Phones for consumers will be gone sooner rather than later.

It is worth noting that less emphasis on the consumer market doesn't mean that Windows Phone is completely dead. HP's Elite X3 is currently up for pre-order in the US, and Microsoft's long-rumored Surface Phone looks like it may finally be making an appearance sometime in 2017. There's still a glimmering light up ahead for the Windows Phone platform, but the final outcome of these handsets is still up in the air. Only time will tell what the future holds for Windows Phone and Windows Mobile, so this is now simply a matter of waiting to see what happens.

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37 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7386; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Sigh.........winter has come to WM....

18. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Wm sucks. Symbian #2.

21. Bernoulli

Posts: 4358; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Belle or s40?

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

MS just quit mobile world & focus on Tablets.

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

In America? Can't say I'm surprised... Windows Phones never been a good sellers in U.S... I really want to make a bold remark about Yanks here, but I better resist... I don't want to get banned, gents...! Anyhow, Europe, India, Latin America and Philippines are the largest Windows Phone Markets... So if MS pull out its phones from these countries, then it'll definitely be alarming...! Anyhow, HP Elites were out of stock on HP's Site a few days ago so... Don't worry PA, WP isn't going down the drain pipe ala Blackberry 10 anytime soon... With that being said, I doubt WP has a bright future... Yes, reality hurts sometimes... Anyhow, I'll miss WP as much as I miss 2-Stroke Road Bikes... Yes, I'm mostly a motorcycle enthusiast! Just a part time geek... You may find me on AdvRider, Motorcycle Daily and TriumphRat, just FYI...! Anyhow, G'Day!

22. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

This green dork is such weinie. Get out of your mom's basement get a job a face-lift and pay for a lay.

25. Unordinary unregistered

And then theres this guy

32. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He's an old guy, who likes to drink. He's probably just having a weak moment...let him have it in peace dude :)

34. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

What exactly did I say wrong? HP Elites were definitely out of stock on HP's Website, google it... And secondly, the countries I mentioned are INDEED WP's biggest markets... The only man I know who use a Windows Phone is a... Wait for it... Is a Pakistani...! And I've seen some Indians rocking one too... But think what you like, insult all you want... See if I give a dime...! I've been alive long enough to understand that getting offended on the internet from an unknown user is just silly! You CAN'T offend me... So stop provoking me like your leader, Techie...! Cause it not gonna work on this old man... G'Day!

35. lyndon420

Posts: 6386; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You didn't say anything wrong...I didn't debate you on anything. I'm not surprised if HP's phone is out of stock...I doubt there is a huge rush to restock given the state of the platform. I'm not doubting those markets are using WP, but I'm from Canada and WP users here are sparse at best. I will in fact think and say what I like as we all hold on to what's left of our civil rights and freedoms. I wasn't insulting you... you've admitted to being a drinker and there's nothing wrong with that. Sometimes when you comment it appears that you are lashing out or having a personal crisis of some sort...also nothing wrong with that. I'm in my mid forties and I know you're considerably older than me, so I would hope you've got a good grasp of your common sense and not allowing yourself to become a self oppressed social justice warrior. I wasn't trying to offend you nor will I attempt to in the future. I'm guilty of insulting others in the past (who I felt were deserving), but I've decided to stop taking things to the personal level when online...way better to be positive and turn the other cheek. Have a G'Day yourself eh ;)

29. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And when I said recently that MS doesn't care about WP you told me I didn't know what I was talking about

33. GreenMan

Posts: 2688; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Microsoft is doing its best... But sometimes, even the best is just not enough... And that's true with Microsoft and Windows Phone... Saying that Microsoft is just sitting there doing absolutely nothing is an overstatement... Hope you understand...

37. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

What exactly is MS doing? Making apps for Android? Improving Office for iOS? Yes, these are the only things MS is doing in mobile, if it cared at least a tiny little bit about WP it would change the platform a bit, allow it to be more open. Now even iOS is more open than WP, allow custom keyboards, lockscreen, different screen layouts. For dog's sake make apps for your own system! They. Don't. Care. Windows, Office, Xbox - 3 things that are making money for MS

42. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Custom screen layouts? The start on w10m is super customizable. You can have icons in place of tiles, add pictures anywhere. You can use ios like icons, android style icons. Anything. Check out r/windowsstartscreens on reddit.

4. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Yes sure and hopefully Samsung is on the same road after its Note 7 exploding phone.

11. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

If you truly believe that Samsung is in the same spot as Microsoft after the Note 7 recall you truly need help. If anything only a few companies could make it out alive and Samsung is one of them. Only Apple would match but a recall on the iPhone Plus would be much more disastrous because they only release their flagships once a year. Samsung could easily bump up the Samsung S8 launch with a killer product.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Right, because we need less choice right? Better that everyone have only one choice and then everyone can be the same! Kinda flies in the face of the old Apple tagline "Be different". Just because what you have works for you, it doesn't mean your needs are the same as everyone else's, and it's the epitome of arrogance to think it is.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Cnor, 100%..... ....100% disagree with you!!! 1. Samsung owns like 80% of android. 2. This will be bad for consumers, he fact that windows Phone cannot gain any market share is BAD for consumers. I'm saddened for lack of understanding by some people that wishing some products to get killed off is BAD for everyone.

26. talon95

Posts: 976; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Nice try. You can pry my Note 7 from hot crispy hands.

6. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Well i will be getting a lumia 1520 had one waa awesome broke it.

8. surethom

Posts: 1561; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Windows is dead or just about dead in the consumer market because virtualy no apps , but the business market like windows phone well some of them do ? Going the way of blackberry but at least blackberry has embrased android & that might save them.

9. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It's been dead for along time ago. They just didn't know it yet until now.

10. mahima

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

sad....i really like 1020, the os is unique and beautiful.... Microsoft should be faster and more committed in developing windows phone, could have been an interesting third player, now we stuck with icon, icons and icons...

13. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 635; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Sad to see it go. I'll bet Microsoft wishes they didn't bail Apple out of bankruptcy in 1997 now.

20. raiter

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

If WP will end, then we all will be left with no choise. Because iPhone is no choise. Thay have 2 models 4 colors. Thats all. So there is only one choice, the Android. But that thing is full of bugs, malware, and fragmentation :'(

23. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

True.

41. Ac787

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

W10M is the only logical and sensible working choice for mobility in the enterprise space. No other platform outside of BlackBerry has been able to garner the reputation for being serious enough from a security perspective or a "work done" perspective. The other choices are ludicrous, needless to say the exploding Note 7 added to the mix makes for a stronger case. Don't be fooled having used Windows Mobile platform for years it's one of the best out there and makes the most logical sense.

24. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

None of the support reps are very knowledgeable about the the products, and only one of the employees there is the owner of a Windows Phone??? what are they doing there? Lumia phones are here for display and sale at att store, T-Mobile, bestbuy mobile, Microsoft store in Tysons corner virgina, Montgomery mall in Maryland.

28. rob5150

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Honestly. Is there a conversation that windows phone is still alive? Not trying to hate, but blackberry, palm and windows phone has failed to grab market share. The delorean was an awesome car. But I haven't seen one since the movie, back to the future. So, yes to be honest...it's done

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