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

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.


source: Neowin via WPCentral

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34 Comments

1. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

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

2. Beijendorf unregistered

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

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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 .

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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

18. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

21. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Its all mergint together ; windows, windows RT and Windows phone . One OS , running on different platforms...

24. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

lmao.

27. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 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)

20. steedsofwar unregistered

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

25. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 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.

6. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

22. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

19. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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

23. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

26. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

33. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

10. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 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

34. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

28. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

30. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

GoPhone?

11. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

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

8. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

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

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

12. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

next - No Nokia

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