Norwegian municipalities ready to ditch thousands of Windows Phones for Android devices


Over 100 Norwegian municipalities, which are currently dependent on Windows-based smartphones, are now looking for ways to make the transition to Android, as low-cost phones running Windows are no longer available in large enough qualities. After selling its mobile division last year, Microsoft left the ball completely to third-party OEMs, hoping they would be able to provide enough Windows-based mobile solutions across all price ranges. Alas, that was not the case.

Municipalities in Norway have been using Windows smartphones mainly due to security considerations, Norwegian publication Digi.no reports. The Ministry of Health and Care Services has been particularly dependent on Microsoft's mobile platform, as the Gerica IT solution for accessing and processing digital medical records chosen by the government is currently available on Windows only.

Once current devices start wearing out, it is hard to find enough new units for all the workers, municipal authorities say. Relatively high-quality, low-cost options such as the Lumia 640 are no longer available in large quantities, while current Windows-based offerings are scarce and expensive (i.e. the HP Elite X3).

“It's getting harder to get a hold of Windows Phones. Microsoft has sold mobile their division, and there is little availability of handsets in the market,” said sales manager Snorre Johansen of Tieto, an electronics medical records provider.

“We have an ongoing dialogue with Microsoft. They are trying to reassure the market that 3-4 producers have plans to create Windows-based smartphones,” continues Johansen.

Apart from trying to work out a solution with Microsoft, Norwegian authorities are now looking for ways to shift away from Windows and adopt Android as a main mobile platform. This is easier said than done, however, as it would entail not only buying thousands of new devices, but also changing the current software solutions used by the health care system.

Norwegian municipalities are now in talks with Tieto, the company Gerica, to develop a new health data processing solution that works on Android.

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13 Comments

2. DavidDau

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Consumers need more options, at least 3 true compatitors. Android has dominated mobile market and it's too bad for both consumers and developers.

3. ojz0r

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

Agree. This also nedds to be the case in desktop were Linux needs to get more users. Right now Windows/Linux have the same market share but opposite in mobile/desktop.

4. salami1980

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

the problem is not with Windows Phone, the problem is in the Dump Microsoft management & their vision for the future of this platform. First they killed two smartphone operating system (Symbian & MeeGo) then they destroyed Nokia & last they kept ignoring and missing with Windows Phone development. Microsoft had a chance to operate MeeGo OS like what Samsung now doing with Tizen OS. there is NO Future for Windows Phone under the current management.

10. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Management had changed since. Nokia destroyed itself. Ms tried to rescue them. Their phone division was going bankrupt.

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I know Microsoft had done a great job to promote Windows Phone, but they did not done enough job to sustain it or make competitive enough to compete with other platform. Previously I always root for WP and BB10 mainly because they are different and we need more competitor in the market, but with BlackBerry had backing up from their own OS and moved forward to Android, I wonder when is Microsoft turn to do so, since they had focus and polish their Android apps more than their own WP apps.

7. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Yep.. when they cant even support WP users like Norway, then they are truly not caring anymore. If they don't then how can the small number of users like myself care anymore. I have TRIED Android a few times.. its so cumbersome compared to WP its hard to use. I am praying WP Simply makes an arrow launcher than simply puts WP Gui on Android.

8. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I think that companies have to solve the "app problem" before more competitors and different OS's can enter the market. I think that Microsoft creating visual studio to allow cross platform app creation is a good start. They are even adding Tizen support. I think BB10 is a neat OS, not my fave but if it had apps people would be happy using it. I use windows 10 mobile because I love the OS but hate the app problem. But I have the major ones I use so it isn't as big of a problem as some may think. I love using continuum for my desktop and just use my desktop for gaming.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They can't even make Cortana available in Canada. So sad.

9. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I'm in Canada and I use it. Maybe a little too much 420 this morning?

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6789; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Really? I used it briefly when it first showed up a few years ago in the PlayStore, but I haven't seen it since. If I do a search for it in the PlayStore I won't find it, and if I click on the one that PA links to I'll get it...but it says 'not available in your country'.

11. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

I work for one of the largest corporations in the world. Last year we dropped Blackberry and Windows Phone and now only use iPhones.

12. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

The hardest part for me to swallow in all of this is the reported dialogue Norwegian municipalities are having with Microsoft. As the fans have been saying for some time, it appears Microsoft is doing everything in its power to kill Windows Mobile before releasing a "Windows 10 on ARM". If Microsoft truly believed that 3 or 4 producers were going to keep the Windows Mobile market alive while they themselves were figuratively sh****ng on it, then Microsoft is even more clueless than I thought. Listen to your fans, Microsoft. We've been saying the lack of device availability is killing us for ages. So much for that enterprise strategy when nobody can buy your phones.

14. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

So MS didn't have any plans at all for mobile devices. Ballmers plan was to ruin Nokia, no matter costs. End of story.

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