Funny: Microsoft is now selling more Android phones than Windows ones

Funny: Microsoft is now selling more Android phones than Windows ones
While casually browsing Microsoft's official website to see if there's anything new with the company, we noticed something funny (though also kind of sad): Microsoft's online store is now home to more Android phones than Windows-based ones. 

Here's what Android smartphones you can currently buy from Microsoft in the US: Samsung Galaxy S8 (seen above), Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the interesting Razer Phone. When it comes to Windows smartphones, only two models remain available: HP Elite x3, and Alcatel Idol 4S (both originally released in late 2016, and now heavily discounted - to $599 and $199, respectively).  

Of course, we already knew that Windows Mobile was pretty much dead. Back in October, Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, made it clear that the company would no longer focus on Windows Mobile-related software and hardware. This means third-party manufacturers also have no reason to invest time and resources into the platform. 

Instead of focusing on Windows Mobile, Microsoft is hard at work enhancing and expanding its software portfolio for Android and iOS. Microsoft develops many popular apps for these two leading platforms, from Office tools to the well received Microsoft Launcher, which the company recommends you install on the Android handsets it's selling. In a way, Microsoft is already inside your phone, and it doesn't really need to deal with the low number of users who might still be interested in Windows Mobile.  

The (maybe inevitable) fact that Microsoft is now offering more Android smartphones than Windows ones seems to be the company's silent way of saying: We tried, we failed, we're moving on.

source: Microsoft 

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17 Comments

1. Braka

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 18, 2018

Its bussiness

9. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They're neglecting the fact that Microsoft is primarily a software company.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2692; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

In a world where tech giants such as Nokia (of Finland. Not China. So don't troll me.) & Blackberry, the two most dominant cellphone brands in the late 2000s, went down the drain pipe, It shouldn't come out as a surprise that Microsoft, always an underdog in the cellphone market, went down as well. In fact, we ought to give credit to Microsoft for hanging on for so long! One can STILL buy a brand new Windows Phone, when was the last time you could buy a brand new smartphone running Blackberry 10 OS or perhaps Symbian? Now of course, Microsoft sank Nokia (of Finland). But it's another story for another day... G'Day!

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

You’re telling falsehoods again. You cannot buy a “brand new” Windows Phone in the sense that it’s recently released. The last “new” Windows Phone was released two years ago. But if by “brand new” you mean you can still go get one from say, Amazon, then you have to know that you can get a “brand new” BlackBerry Passport the same way. Hell, you can even get a “brand new” Symbian Phone the same way.

3. Jason2k13

Posts: 1444; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

waiting for that microsoft fan dude yelling "wait until they release the surface phone to save the day"...

11. miketer

Posts: 491; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Wait until they release the surface phone to save the day.... There you go :)

4. cncrim

Posts: 1554; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Not surprise at all. Microsoft have old mentality doing business and someone come along offer something better and free. It is no brainier to switch

5. Stranded87

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Pointless: can't readers decide for themselves whether something is funny? Your title would certainly be better without the first word.

6. Florin.T

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Can't authors have opinions from time to time? It's not like we're forcing anyone to think as we do.

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3082; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's what editors are for, not journalists. Opinion pieces are called "editorials" for a reason. As Jack Webb made famous "Just the facts, ma'am".

16. Stranded87

Posts: 51; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Of course you can have opinions, I'm a tech journalist too and I certainly do. I just find it weird and a bit clunky putting 'funny' in the title. It is funny, you're right, but that doesn't need to be spelled out, especially not in a title where eloquence is vital.

8. antroid

Posts: 363; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I don't even understand who is buying windows phone and from Microsoft store! It's obsolete for many years now. So I'm not that surprised that Android phones sell better than windows phones even in Microsoft store

10. SuperA187

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 28, 2017

I'd like to see Microsoft make an Android phone. Their launcher with Cortana is pretty great actually.

12. miketer

Posts: 491; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Yes, I'm on a Google pixel, an Android after almost 6 years and yeah, I miss Cortana as the main e assistant

14. mootu

Posts: 1358; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Microsoft makes more money from Android than they ever made from Windows Mobile due to the patents they own on parts which are in almost every Android device. It is estimated to be $5 to $15 for every device sold, Samsung alone pays them around £1 billion every 2 years.

15. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft is not into Windows 10 mobile smart phones it will only give them bugs fixes and very needed hardware updates. There will be NO SURFACE SMART PHONE MADE.Microsoft however will make a 2 screen Mini Windows 10 on ARM PC Tablet that will have a built in Cell Phone a person can send & receive voice calls with. The Andromeda Project device will not be sold as a Smart phone or sold to replace a smart phone. it instead will be a Mini tablet PC with a simple built in Cell phone. a new Type of device. no one knows how well it will sell but I think enough people will buy it on a World Wide basis for Microsoft to Market and sell them

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