MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone

Ben Stegner 23-09-2014

Well, Windows Phone, it’s been a fun ride. You’ve fought hard these last few years, but now the time has come to hang up the gloves. At the end of September, we at MakeUseOf will have to stop covering you, since interest about you across the Web has been sharply decreasing and our own Windows Phone section has mirrored this. Even your awesome Windows Phone 8.1 update Get Cortana & More By Upgrading To Windows Phone 8.1 The Windows Phone update delivers a digital assistant, fast connectivity toggles, improved camera and greater support for a wider selection of apps. Find out how you can get it! Read More wasn’t enough to bring a spark.


It simply can’t go on this way.

Yes, we know that you’re not perfect. Mobile gaming was inferior on your platform Windows Phone Gaming Isn't Quite Right: Is It Microsoft's Fault? Now approaching the release of Windows Phone 8.1, 40 games previously incompatible with Windows Phone 8 have been updated. Is this the shot in the arm Windows Phone gaming needs? Or is there another problem? Read More , and there were some glaring holes in how you do things. You’ve still been a great friend, though, and to see you off we’re going to point out some of your natural strengths and the little ways you’ve made us smile.

You Saved My Battery

Smartphone batteries leave something to be desired 7 Ways to Boost Your Cell Phone Battery Life [iPhone, Android, Other Smartphones] By far one of the most disappointing features in just about every smartphone these days is the battery life, which for most of us requires at least one charge per 24-hour period. Are you a... Read More , so it’s appreciated that you took the time to set up an easy-to-use juice-saving feature. When Battery Saver was on, you made sure to stop checking for new email and updating Live tiles to make sure that the battery stayed alive for as long as it could 5 Power Saving Tips To Keep Your Windows Phone 8.1 Battery Fresh Does your battery drain faster since you upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1? A few simple settings can increase battery life and get through the day and beyond on a single charge. Read More .


And to be sure I saved as much battery life as possible, you let me look at which apps were running frequently and decide whether they should be allowed to run in the background – something Android users have to use Greenify Greenify: Halt The Operations Of Apps Running In The Background [Android 3.1+] Read More and be rooted The Complete Guide to Rooting Your Android Phone or Tablet So, you want to root your Android device? Here's everything you need to know. Read More to fully take advantage of.


By default you made this happen when the battery got low, but when I had a concert or party and needed my phone to last all day for its camera, I could manually turn on Battery Saver until I next charged you.

You Knew When I Wanted Some Peace

It’s great to be notified of everything as soon as it happens, and you made sure I never missed the important moments with your Action Center How Windows Phone 8.1 Is Enhanced With The Action Center Microsoft kills the toast! Now you can finally manage your notifications on Windows Phone. Read More . However, at those times when I needed silence, Quiet Hours was there to help.

Cortana made it all happen How Cortana Became The "Other Woman" In My Life She appeared one day and changed my life. She knows exactly what I need and has a wicked sense of humour. It's little wonder that I've fallen for the charms of Cortana. Read More ; I could be assured of quiet when I was asleep every night, or by enabling it on a whim when I was spending time with friends. By syncing my calendar Awesome Things You Can Automatically Import To Google Calendar A calendar keeps every aspect of your life focused in one place, allowing you to worry less and accomplish more. Here are some useful ways to import important information into your Google Calendar. Read More , any events where I was occupied, like classes, were also hushed so I never had to worry about my video game ringtone The Best Free Video Game Ringtones (And How to Add Them to Your Phone) Here's how to make your phone geeky with retro video game ringtones and notification sounds from Mario, Sonic, Pokémon, and more. Read More going off and embarrassing me.



Ah, those calls being sent straight to voicemail and lack of notification sounds were glorious. But you didn’t stop there; you thought of everything and even provided a way for my most important contacts to break through when I was in Do Not Disturb mode.

My Inner Circle was a list of valued people, so I could be sure that my spouse, parents, and boss could reach me in an emergency. Anyone else could decide for themselves if it was urgent enough to break through, making certain I would always be reachable in a crisis.


You Were There When I Knocked

Of all the buttons on my phone, I press the Power button the most. It makes sense – when I wanted to do anything, whether just checking the time or making a call, I had to turn the screen on first, and the Power Button was the only way to do that until you came along, Windows Phone.



With the Wake Up feature, you let me turn the screen on by simply double-tapping it. When my hands were dirty and I didn’t want to pick up my device, or if it was on a table and I just wanted to quickly check my notifications, a few taps did the trick. Even better, only certain Android phones have this, so it made me feel exclusive.

Since pressing a button so much can wear it out, as some iPhone users know Is Your iPhone Home Button Not Working? 5 Quick Fixes to Try Your iPhone Home button isn't working? Here's how to repair or work around a broken Home button to make your device usable again. Read More , this feature was both convenient and made sure the button lasted for a long time.

Using a touch-screen phone Capacitive vs. Resistive Touchscreens: What Are the Differences? Capacitive and resistive touchscreen devices are everywhere these days, but what's the difference and how do they work? Read More with gloves can prove difficult, too, and specially made gloves Glider Gloves (Urban Style) Review and Giveaway Those of you seeking cold weather touchscreen gloves for this coming winter will find few better options than Glider Gloves, but does its superiority justify a $15 premium compared to other products in the market? Read More aren’t cheap. With the high sensitivity option you provided, specially tuned for using gloves, I saved some money and enjoyed a more responsive experience.


You Looked So Good

Not content with just personalizing my lockscreen Windows Phone 8 Lock Screen Options: Calendar, Email and Weather It might not look like much, but your Windows Phone lock screen can provide all manner of interesting and important information to you – and it can do this natively, without third party apps. Read More , you took the extra steps and allowed me to completely change how images looked on my phone. If I preferred a slightly cooler or warmer look of colors, it was a click away, and you even provided multiple images for testing. Android users can’t change this without an app, and on iOS you can’t change it at all!


And who could forget the sunlight enhancement option? When I was outside it was harder to see my phone’s display, so having a way to reduce the glare didn’t go unnoticed.

It Was The Little Things

Some features, Windows Phone, I almost forgot to mention because they’re so intuitive. One of the first things I decided to do with my phone was to make sure I had a solid backup plan How To Backup Media, Apps & Settings On Windows Phone 8 I’ve just about filled the 32 GB internal storage on my Nokia Lumia 920. Initially, I was surprised that it only took me six months, until I realised that I’ve been recording videos in HD.... Read More , because I didn’t want to lose anything. I was delighted to find that you were backing up my text messages by default, and that this didn’t require a separate app like on Android Here's A Free, Multi-Layered Plan To Back Up A Non-Rooted Android Even with a non-rooted Android device, you can have a solid backup plan – and it doesn't have to cost you a dime! Read More . A person who isn’t tech-savvy would have still had the basic backup preparation they needed.


Another great feature for dealing with those annoying calls How To Deal With Telephone Spam The greatest aspect of the telephone? The fact that you can speak to anyone at a moment’s notice, even if they’re halfway across the world. Sit back and think about that for a second because... Read More was Flip To Silence. When someone called that I didn’t feel like talking to, with a simple flip of the wrist the ringer was silenced and I was happy again. Only a few Android devices have this built-in; doing it otherwise requires some setup with Tasker Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim When it comes to device automation, there's just one 900-lb gorilla in the Android space, and that's Tasker. True, Llama is an awesome free automation app, but it doesn't aim for Tasker's full power. Tasker... Read More , which is tough for beginners. Without jailbreaking How To Jailbreak iOS 7.1.x & Install Cydia With Pangu Last week a Chinese team called Pangu released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 7.1.1. Here's how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with the latest payload. Read More , my iPhone-toting friends could only wish for this feature.

I’ll Miss You, Pal

Well, Windows Phone, it’s time we end this. In addition to everything we’ve went over and what we didn’t 5 Cool Things You Can Now Do With Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1 offers new tools to help manage your digital and offline life. Get the most out of Windows Phone with our tips. Read More , even your awesome Office and OneDrive integration wasn’t enough to make more people see how helpful you really were. How neat was it to work on a document using Microsoft Office on my PC Microsoft Office 2013: The Unofficial Guide If you're considering an upgrade to Office 2013, or you've just paid for the package and want to make the best of it, this Microsoft Office 2013 Guide is for you. Read More , then pick up my phone and have it waiting for me in the Recent section?

I had a whole office suite in my pocket How I Freelance Without My PC - Using Windows Phone As A Mobile Office One of the things I love about a freelance career is being able to up sticks from my home office and go to a local café, bar or library to work in a different environment.... Read More !


Lots of people hate the Windows 8 interface on their PCs Why Microsoft Should Not Be Pushing Their New Metro UI Onto Their Other Products [Opinion] With the introduction of the Windows Phone platform in 2010, Microsoft unveiled the Metro user interface, designed to make accessing information quick and easy. Rather than litter their new mobile platform with endless rows of... Read More , but you showed that the user interface can work well on a different device, Windows Phone. If only more people had tried you, maybe they’d have realized how fun you are to work with. Your existing user base loves you for sure, as we’ve polled them Android vs. iOS vs. Windows Phone: Which Mobile OS Will Ultimately Win Out? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which mobile operating systems will ultimately win out? Will they survive far into the future? Or will a new mobile OS appear over the horizon to challenge the might of Apple, Google, and Microsoft? Read More and they think that Windows Phone will win out the mobile OS race in the end.

We’ve written all about you, Windows Phone, but sadly people aren’t interested. Unless we see a breakthrough soon, this will be the last time we talk.

Godspeed, old friend.

Perhaps if the people reading will miss Windows Phone, or have a reason why they haven’t tried it, they’ll let us know below. I’d hope that they also share their thoughts on your departure from MakeUseOf.

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  1. Anonymous
    June 14, 2015 at 4:55 am

    This article can be your one direction... , can also be a short-sighted.
    Just want to make a... Hihihi :D

  2. henrrera2
    April 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Many, every time Microsoft announces something regarding Windows 10, I come at this article to laugh a little bit more. Goodbye to Windows Phone AHAHAHAHA losers! Go back to your lagdroids while I work on my spreadsheets with my Lumia attached to a screen with keyboard and mouse while telling Cortana to send a message to a colleague via Skype while projecting holograms in my room and watching a movie at the same time. #WINDOWSMASTERRACE

    • Ben S
      April 30, 2015 at 12:03 am

      I hope that when you come back to this article "every time," you read through all 400+ comments and see what I went through.

      I explained this 200 times. This won't happened again. I wanted to write about things I liked in the platform and it was handled poorly. The Windows 10 merger announcement happened after I had turned in the piece. It was all a fluke.

      I'm sorry you're so offended, but I've been through this a hundred times.

  3. Yadullah Abidi
    March 16, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Ammm although I'm not a constant reader... I really like your site and I LOVE my Windows Phone and I can bang anyone who says bad about WP. As you are giving WP a final goodbye I request you to allow a feature to submit article written by Wp users themselves... That will save your writers some time and maybe you could resume writing articles for Wp.

    Nevertheless... Windows Phone is the best... Way better than Andriod or iOS or whatever... And the day isnt far when Wp will be ruling...

  4. Wilhelm
    February 17, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Well, until Windows 10 is here and MUO is back to Windows phone news (hopefully) guess its up to Windows phone Central for these people.

    @Ben I honestly came here excepting to have to Defend MS on a product again, (Cortana search sorry) but after reading a few comments, I get what's going down, sorry you lost your job, or topic, or whatever this exactly meets for you.

    • Ben S
      February 17, 2015 at 5:15 am

      Wilhelm, I didn't lose my job or anything, really. The reaction to this post was interesting for sure - you can see some of the crazy comments that it got.

      This just meant I got a post with a lot of traffic : )

  5. forked
    January 30, 2015 at 12:36 am

    Interesting article. I came here expecting to be outraged but the author gave a pretty good overview of the stronger points of Windows Phone and it seems obvious he likes the platform in a lot of ways. But it's understandable when businesses, who have limited resources, have to cut back and in this arena, it inevitably means that it's WP that gets the shaft.

    I'm hopeful that Windows 10 and in particular the advent of Universal Apps will solve the app problem which will in turn solve the numbers problem. Regardless of whether that bears out, I will most likely be on the platform for a while (apps aren't a big deal for me).

    I didn't read all of the comments but I read enough to see the author is getting a lot of undeserved crap.

    @Ben Nice article. Sorry to hear you won't be covering the platform anymore (this is also my first visit to the site). Hope you'll find a reason to pick up coverage again in the coming months.

    • Ben S
      January 30, 2015 at 2:59 am

      Thanks for your kind words and for understanding! This was surely a sight, huh?

      I hope you'll stick around with us. We've been covering WP a bit since this article, but not enough to give it its own section.

  6. Steve
    December 30, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Just found this article and my heart goes out to the poor editor who personally responded to every one of the crazy fanboys. Did people see this headline on Cortana, skipped the article then headed straight for the comment section to tell people how mad they are that a site they'd never heard of, is making the call to stop covering their beloved OS.

    You cretins keep gloating about how you've never heard of this site, right? So why is it any skin off your back what they cover now? They never missed your eyeballs before and if I was a writer here, the disgusting circle jerk I just witnessed would sour me on posting more WP content. Sorry, but Pocketnow was right; Microsoft fanboys are actually stifling their own platform by creating an atmosphere in which tech writers hesitate before hitting the 'submit' button on WP articles for fear of receiving abuse like this.

    There's virtually nothing controversial about this article. In fact, the writer lists several positive qualities of WP in this swan song. He basically had to wrap the bad news in honey just to appease you people and you still lost your shit. Is there a language barrier here? I don't know, other than the reaction was completely unjustified and disproportionate.

    • Ben S
      January 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks for understanding even after the craziness. As you can imagine, I didn't plan this huge reaction and it still amazes me today. I try to make it a rule to respond to every comment, which was a doozy here, but I wanted to explain myself. Seems people don't want to listen.

    • Tech Man
      January 23, 2019 at 8:10 am

      Bang henrrera2 then.

  7. SK
    November 29, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Reading this late but is this for real? You're going to stop covering WP? If you really believed in WP you would continue to cover it and help educate the public that WP is an option. If you're not going to cover it anymore then I guess I don't have to return to this website. I love WP. It frustrates the hell out of me when people won't even look into it. If you're dropping them too, then good bye to makeuseof.

    • Ben S
      December 2, 2014 at 5:57 am

      Did you read the other 400 comments on this article? I explained myself a hundred times.

  8. The Dragon
    October 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Yep Author is right WP section will now close. Even Microsoft is planning to end the WP name and replace it with Windows 10. Same OS for Phone and PC
    And you will cover "windows 10" right? Oh that's right , you don't have a choice.
    It's going to be in our phones early next year.

    Make use of is a nice website. I am a WP user and I just discovered this site a month ago and was disappointed with this news. Oh well.

    But really, thanks!

    • Ben S
      October 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      As I said to others, the announcement about the WP name being changed happened after I wrote this. We'll see going forward what happens with the name change.

      Thanks for supporting us!

  9. thisiswhatklfisabout
    October 3, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Interesting. I am a huge Windows Phone fan, and of course I am very much interested in articles that cover this platform. If makuseof decides not to write about it, I'll go to another site that does and enjoy the other articles of this site. I have no idea what the big deal is about. Am I missing something?

    • Ben S
      October 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      I don't know what we were both missing, because clearly people were pretty mad about this. I hope you'll still continue to visit us, because we have a lot of awesome topics/articles other than Windows Phone. Thanks for being civil!

  10. Matt
    October 2, 2014 at 6:23 am

    My take on this is proof in the most paramount reason: There is Interest in Windows Phone, very strong interest. Enough to consider continuing coverage of this platform from makeuseof? Ben?

    Matt: "Cortana...locate"

    Cortana: "I'm sorry Matt...I can't seem to find that site"

    Matt: "That's ok one else can either"

    Cortana: "Oh yeah...remember to stop by the flower shop on your way to the show"

    Matt: "Thanks's going to be a great night"

    • Ben S
      October 6, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      This isn't my call, and we'll see what happens. Thanks for your interest, and I hope you continue to visit our site.

  11. Dave
    October 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I'm writing mainly to compliment your level-headed handling of some of the wacky and often times insulting comments. You weathered the storm admirably.

    I'm suffering a bit of a quandary now. I hadn't heard of this website until it was mentioned in an article about abandoning windows phone. As a long time WP user, I then searched for your site and then ultimately found this article. Your article was well written and even-handed and you dealt with the flood of comments from the internet crazies well. This website seems to cover a variety of topics that might interest me. Like most folks though, I have a finite amount of time and thereby have a limited number of go-to websites. I'll probably visit MUO again, but based on the sites decision to drop WP coverage, I doubt I'll become a regular reader.

    Again, well done with your handling of the comments generated by your article. I'm fairly certain I could not have remained above the fray nearly as well as you.

    • Ben S
      October 2, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Thank you, Dave. It's calmed down quite a bit by now but I appreciate you voicing your praise.

      I'm sorry you had to find our site in this way. I hope you've checked out some of our other WP articles, as we've given the platform plenty of coverage.

      I hope we can count on you to visit us more often; is there another type of article you like to see besides Windows Phone?

      Thank you again. It was tough to hold my temper at some times.

  12. cnavigator
    September 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Hello there again.

    I can see that my comment was considered as coming from a misguided raging Microsoft/Windows fanboy or Android hater or simply a troll bashing other people's work. That is not the case and to make it clear I am going to write a response stating why this article really caused my wrath, as well as proving my points. Nonetheless, as others above, I also laud the author for taking the time and the patience to read and reply to our comments, which reveals that there is concern about visitors' feedback.

    Yes I read your article from top to bottom, yes I understand that Windows Phone (WP) articles didn't generate enough traffic in the website for about a year, performing consistently poorly and yes I understand that the author used the article as way to praise WP features, not to bash it. At no moment did I say otherwise. The problem is you declare that WP section was cut off because their users aren't interested in it. That is simply not true. You could even write that the target user base is very small comparing to Android and iOS or that the number of viewers on the website is too low. That would be perfectly understandable, but what you write is the following (which is simply not accurate):

    "We’ve written all about you, Windows Phone, but sadly people aren’t interested (...) since interest about you across the Web has been sharply decreasing and our own Windows Phone section has mirrored this."

    And yet, here I am, a happy WP user, who reads every article about it in its free time, facing the closure of the WP section on one of one of his favourite websites due to lack of interest. WHAT THE HELL??? Are you able to relate with my wrath and indignation by now?

    Things are not that simple and don’t translate directly from the number of visitors or commentators and every time someone writes something like this I feel that a big injustice is being made. Let me explain why below.

    First of all, everything I wrote in my first comment IS RELEVANT to the matter in discussion. If the problem is that WP has a small user base and, as a consequence, not much attention is drawn from developers to create and maintain apps for it that will be profitable, that results in a lack of interest in the platform, both from consumers and developers, which means not as many people will read WP articles since not as many people use the platform because not as many apps are available. A vicious cycle. Get it?

    The points I made demonstrate that Microsoft is taking steps that hopefully will address this and change the current state of things, which could result in drawing more interest from both developers and consumers to their platform. That is why I mentioned and highlighted the new affordable Lumia models, which deliver very good performance for the price, and are definitely competitive with their Android counterparts, because there is a massive user base currently stuck at low-midrange Android models and Microsoft is targeting that market specifically.
    Is there any other competitor in the business trying to compete with Android in that huge market? Let's see, Firefox OS and Ubuntu Phone are open-source projects and don't have the strength of Microsoft or Google, Blackberry is focused on enterprise and is also struggling and Apple of course doesn't count for the low end. I believe most of your disbelief in WP comes from being unware of its status outside US.

    I understand that owning an iPhone is common in the US but in the rest of the world, and Europe specifically, where I live, it is not. Most people look for affordability. So basically, up until 400-500€, the starting price for the cheaper iPhone models, all you have is Android. Android, Android & Android & yet more Android. The retailers are flooded with cheaper Samsung models. Which is why you have like 80%-90% of Android market share. Microsoft is the only other one business competitor challenging Android in this low-midrange market, doing all efforts to gain some market share, so it seems to me very early and a little hurried to declare that the war is over and drop WP already.

    Ok and I am not even going to repeat how any affordable Lumia model outperforms and deliver better experience than cheaper Android models, just to prevent me from being regarded as a fan boy... I will only add that you don't find Moto G's or other vanilla Android models selling in retailers, all you find are models upon models with bloatware pre-installed, bogging down their performance and with numerous restrictions. Pretty much everyone I know using cheaper Android models wants to swap their phone within a year of the purchase, including myself, which is why I opted for the Lumia 630 this time and don't plan to go back.

    Perhaps you think that with iOS and Android ruling in the US, there is simply no way Windows Phone can make a comeback and will forever stay third, but what about the rest of the world? What about all those greatly populated countries (Brazil, Ukraine, India) where WP is second ahead of iOS and where affordable Lumia models should be able to rival Android ones? Well, I would even accept a justification for closing the section if it stated that WP gathers interest mostly outside US and your website focuses on US reality, but I didn't see that anywhere in the article as well. You simply wrote that there is no interest at all. proves otherwise. Either change you strategy by addressing worldwide user base or commit yourselves to US only and declare it so.

    All the other points I made in my commentary also refer to measures that Microsoft will be implementing to increase both consumer and developer interest, which in return should make more people interested in reading WP articles, which is (let me repeat yet again) the reason you pointed out for closing WP section:
    -universal apps;
    -the convergence between device forms (including XBOX);
    -the merge between WP and Windows RT;
    -the integration of some the best WP features in desktop (Cortana);
    -free upgrade to Windows 9 from either Windows XP/7 converts (even if it is only for the smaller footprint, increased security or because older hardware simply died) or Windows 8 haters who want a proper desktop;
    -hardware models made in-house, tightly integrated and optimized for the pre-installed software, promoting less fragmentation (Lumia & Surface models);

    Yes sure, I can't say for sure that Microsoft will pull this off with success, but they are certainly implementing measures to address the issue and the natural course of things is that WP or the renamed branch running on phones and tablets will see a massive rise, when comparing with the current situation. Even if you disagree with me about a prediction of a WP rise, you seemed to ignored all these different ways in which Microsoft is trying to gather users' and developers' interest when making the decision to cut Windows Phone section from MakeUseOf by stating a lack of interest in articles. Again I ask: Don't you think it is a little hurried to drop WP coverage, right before week when the future of convergent Windows 9 will be revealed? Why not wait a bit more?

    Remember when I wrote above that I feel an injustice is being made whenever someone says people are not interested in Windows Phone? Well, here is the thing, please pay attention because I believe this is of the uttermost relevance. This part of the commentary applies not just to this article but to all tech websites around the web.

    In the last few years, there has been this trend on the Internet in which people seem to be declaring the death of the most widely and massively used computing platform in existence, and the most important one if you ask me: desktop/laptop. Unfortunately, people in general seem to be being driven and propelled by this smartphone/tablet fashion, completely disregarding those who are not so much into it already. Coupled with this, there seems to be a growing trend of bashing everything Microsoft- related lately, because it is not cool anymore. I can’t even recall all the times when I read someone saying that Microsoft is doomed to disappear or is dying a slow and painful death, following a discussion about something mobile related. What everyone seems to be missing is that the desktop crowd is not going anywhere because we (and I include myself in it) need it for a living, and to make a living, we need to be productive.

    See Ben, for example, at no point I called you a fanboy in my previous commentary. What I meant is that, the vast majority of the interest in articles that have to do with mobile stuff seems to sparkle from the unending raging war between iOS and Android. It’s just getting ridiculous and I am so sick of it. People fill whole commentary sections with arguments on why one is superior to the other, always failing to understand that people have different tastes and needs and that there is room for everybody. The new iPhone bends and the internet goes completely crazy. Everything else becomes secondary. And people are so involved in this discussions that they forget there is more beyond Android and iOS in the technology world and that people still use proper desktops and laptops to do serious work. Once again, I repeat, if it is this kind of interest and passion that you are missing from WP users, well then, all you really care about is page views, nothing more. “Where do I get the idea that Android users are raging fanboys?” Well, not all of them of course, but the ones who are interested enough to read and comment on every single Android/iOS article out there surely are!!! And if you are not misunderstanding this commentary of mine so far, you should be able to understand that I am not trying to force people to believe WP is the best for them or attacking either Android or iOS. I am simply defending WP and stating why it shouldn’t have been abandoned, because WP offers something others don’t and has much potential, apart from being developed by a major corporation which has the power to invest heavily in it, which is nothing short of relevance when compared to other players such as FirefoxOS or Ubuntu Phone, which I am not forgetting at all, as many people like to do with WP when taking Android and iOS into consideration.

    And what is that unique thing that WP offers, you might ask? Very well, as I was saying, people seem to be propelled by this mobile trend and disregard the conventional desktop usage. And the worst part is, tech websites and their editors seem to be following the trend, caring mostly about mobile news and guides and how-to’s and top 10’s. What they all fail to understand is that the meteoric rise of smartphone and tablet usage doesn’t imply the absolute death of the desktop crowd. THEY ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE! Instead, you have now a bifurcate audience, part of which is mostly interest in obtaining entertainment from their mobile devices and the other part is interested in being productive. Content creation vs content consumption.

    Before the ascension of mobile devices, you would use the computer both for entertainment and productivity. Now, people who want to be entertained can use their devices mostly for content consumption and don’t have to be stuck on a desk all day, they can grab a smartphone/tablet and do it on the go, leaving the content production for the desktop/laptops. But what about those who work for a living and need the best tools and an ergonomic device for long hours of productivity? Why are we forgetting those people, myself included? Well, for a starter, yes people who do work have less time to be on the tablet always ready to read articles and commenting on them, which MIGHT translate to less interest from their part, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t need some content made specifically for them! I understand that mobile device users consume a lot of content, but that doesn’t mean the desktop crowd is dead. And besides, not every desktop user necessarily needs a smart device, but everyone needs a
    desktop/laptop for production purposes. That school essay still has to be written.

    Please learn this once it for all. Are people spending more time on smartphones and tablets? YES. But will the desktop audience disappear? NO!!! One doesn’t imply the other. There will be always people using proper desktops and laptops (please don’t bring up hybrids, even Surface Pro 3, a desktop beast in tablet form, is not as ergonomic as a common laptop for prolonged usage, due to small screen and keyboard. You can connect it to an external keyboard and screen but then what’s the point of calling it a mobile device if you need a stationary place to be fully productive. Pretty much all hybrids sacrifice power and ergonomic conditions for autonomy and portability). Before you say none of this is relevant to the subject, hold on – stay with me. Yes this is about Windows Phone, I know. I was talking about how WP deserves attention because it offers something unique. And what is it?

    Precisely what I mentioned in my first comment. The integration with Microsoft services and software. Microsoft still reigns undisputedly and supremely in the desktop realm. MacOS comes as a very distant second and ChromeOS is still a joke. There are whole countries and companies worldwide who are completely dependent on Windows and Office licensing. Yes they may consider a switch to GNU/Linux (since MacOS involves costs as well), but still, if that happens, they won’t have a nicer integration between mobile and desktop devices using an Android & Linux combination as they could have with Windows and their proprietary enterprise solutions (Exchange, Sharepoint). WP is the only platform which makes the perfect connection between device forms to someone who relies on Microsoft services and software (again I repeat, this need of integration comes from the fact that Microsoft solutions for home and enterprise users remain supreme and nothing else comes close on the desktop). When I bought my new Lumia 630, the only major reason for making that choice, other than getting tired of affordable Android models and wanting to try something else, was the perfect compatibility with Microsoft ecosystem. I made that very clear in my first commentary.

    So basically the said “injustice being made whenever someone says there is no interest in WP” that I mentioned early in the commentary is that WP is the preferred platform for desktop/laptop users who rely intensively on Microsoft software and services is being dropped. Isn’t it enough that the tech coverage nowadays already drops desktop users in favour of mobile users? Isn’t it enough that all headlines are made by Samsung and Apple? And now, to complement that, the mobile platform most well suited for productivity users is getting its coverage dropped as well - WP. There is a part of your audience that you are consistently leaving behind (please keep in mind this part of the commentary is targeted at tech websites in general, including MakeUseOf) – the desktop users. Want a concrete example? Think of Windows RT. Here we have a mobile operative system, running on ARM devices, which can deliver a full Office suite while on the go, something clearly unmatched elsewhere. What other Android or iOS tablet could give you the chance to work on your documents with a greater level of productivity (not as great as laptop, but still much better) and without paying an additional Office license? No other. It is unique. For desktop users, it is the tablet that makes sense, although of course it can improve and it has been improving. What did everybody called Windows RT? A FAILURE! WHY? Because it suffered from the app gap. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? GODDAMN IT! WHEN WILL YOU UNDERSTAND THAT DEVICE FORMS ARE PREFERRED BY USERS WITH DIFFERENT NEEDS, AND THAT BOTH ARE INTERESTED IN CONTENT FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE PLATFORMS? When will you understand that there are people who are not solely “mobile users”, who couldn’t care less about if they have access to Snapchat or Whatsapp or Instagram latest version?

    WP is getting left behind because mobile devices are used mostly for contempt consumption, for which they need a variety of apps that WP lacks, having a major app gap to iOS and Android, thus not gathering users interest, which in turn doesn’t attract developers, but for many of the services that people care about for their work, which apply mostly to desktop/laptop users, because they are the ones who rely on Microsoft the most, WP is the best, or should I rephrase that, the only solution for perfect integration. I don’t need to go further than MSOffice document compatibility. I can only edit documents without messing up all formatting when using the Office suite in WP. IT IS UNIQUE in that regard. Desktop/laptop intensive users will find WP the best place to be. Do you understand it now? Do you understand why I had to fetch all this talk about mobile vs. desktop users?

    So to wrap this all up, my first commentary, as incisive as it was, addressed the fact that you are dropping coverage on WP right when there is a major announcement to be made about the future of Windows, one in which all rumours point to a gap-bridging OS to create a seamless and convergent computing experience between Windows devices on the desktop and mobile front, including your living room with XBOX, pleasing to all audiences, mobile intensive content consumers and desktop intensive content creators. I repeat once more! Microsoft is miles ahead of both Apple and Google in this because they do not have the strong foothold that Microsoft maintains in the desktop realm. Now that Microsoft is finally giving mobile users the level of features and looking to attract developers to create the apps that people enjoy using in other platforms and, at the same time, giving desktop users a proper Windows desktop which doesn’t force people to relearn their habits and affect their efficiency, you are leaving the coverage? Seriously? Can you understand how absurd the timing is?

    "If only more people had tried you, maybe they’d have realized how fun you are to work with." Exactly. And maybe, just maybe, more people will try WP if websites like MakeUseOf don’t drop its coverage.

    "Lots of people hate the Windows 8 interface on their PCs, but you showed that the user interface can work well on a different device, Windows Phone”, which is why Windows 9 is said to have only desktop mode on devices with big screens and only the modern mode in mobile devices.

    Again I repeat: Microsoft is taking all measures to create the perfectly convergent ecosystem, much more than any other competitor. I can’t understand why you fail to foresee this and state that “unless we see a breakthrough soon, this will be the last time we talk”. How can you not see it coming? No I am not delusional about the universal apps. Again I think you may have not been paying attention to the latest news. Windows Phone & Windows RT will be merged. The app store will be the same. You will be able to install the same app, regardless of the device and you can use it on the desktop as well, in windowed mode, and also, if applicable, in the living room on the XBOX. This already happens today, but the developer has to create and maintain to sets of apps, an app for ARM devices and another for x64 devices. So a developer has now much more reasons to develop a WP app, because it will not be limited to WP but it will target the entire array of Windows devices, smartphone, tablet, desktop, XBOX, whatever. Still don’t agree with me that at least a developer has much more benefits in creating apps for WP? And isn’t it the app gap the major reason why people stay away from WP? And isn’t it why it seems that people have no interest in WP articles? And from the consumer side, since 90% of desktops/laptops run Windows and most people rely on Microsoft software and services for professional duties, doesn’t it make much more sense to use WP instead of switching to a different platform?

    Finally, about WP users not needing as much guides and articles as Android users. Yes that is true, as I explained in my first comment. I have to go no further than removing bloatware from your device. On Android you have to root your device. Enough said. Things work just fine on WP and the performance is great, especially when comparing with the most affordable Android models. That is why I kept writing that life was so hard for non-Galaxy users, because it is on the low-midrange market that WP makes all the difference. But then again, how exactly does the fact that WP not require the level of tinkering that Android does, translate directly in the lack of interest about it? The way I see it, it is WP merit to be able to work without giving you headaches, it should only increase people’s interest in the platform. The real problem is people fail in writing about WP and gather interest upon it, focusing too much on what Android has that WP is missing, most of the times starting and ending with the app gap, ignoring WP breezing performance and optimisation, which is relevant on limited devices such as smartphones and its unique features, which are appealing for some users, albeit not the majority, clearly. In fact, articles like this, highlighting all WP great features are a rarity! Were it not for the fact that it served as way to ditch WP coverage and my attitude towards it would be completely different. N

    Look, I understand that you wrote the article before some announcements were made, but I could summarise my long comment in this sentence: It doesn’t make sense to drop WP coverage right now because the best is about to come. It is performing poorly at the moment but you can’t ignore everything Microsoft is doing right this minute to change the course of things, right? Why would you do that unless you, personally, aren’t interested in what they are bringing to the table? I hope I made myself as clear as possible with this long commentary.

    Agreeing with me or not, I still appreciate any time you dedicate to read and taking into account some of my views in defence of WP lovers.

    • Tracey
      October 3, 2014 at 1:42 am

      I don't get it he wrote that whole comment and just does not understand a simple business rule if the interest in not there you cut the product. In this case it is the articles on windows phones. In no way did you say you did not like the product or thought is was inferior. Its like Toyota making a car that does not sell well even though a few people like it they will stop making the car because of lack of interest and the loss of income. For this site the loss of income would be time used to cover something that just does not have enough people visiting the site to warrant the time being spent writing articles that only a few people will read and not concentrating their valuable time writing articles on what the majority of the readers want its just simple business. As far as writing for people in other countries who use the windows phone, I know a lot of people speak English in other countries but not the majority do you want Ben to translate his articles into every langues of the people that use the windows phone? Just because they are making a smart business decision of removing the coverage of an area that is just not generating interest you have a problem with it. If every business ran this way and kept making or selling every product just because a few people used it everyone of those companies would be bankrupt in a short amount of time. If the windows phone is so wonderful than I am sure there are many other websites you can visit for information on your phone, so go and do that and leave Ben alone.

    • Ben S
      October 4, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks for understanding! You sum it up well; I don't know why everyone here had such an issue with the change.

  13. Steve S.
    September 30, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Ben S.
    Thank you for your article. I'm new to WP and love it. I think your article will peak interest in the WP. I'm impressed that you responded to all those post. I truly understand the reasoning that you are making the changes. Hopefully the future will allow you to write more articles on the WP, because I enjoyed the way you wrote it. First time on your site but I will check it out.

    • Ben S
      October 2, 2014 at 1:01 am

      Thank you for understanding and commenting, Steve. I hope people have become interested in Windows Phone after this blowup!

      I appreciate you checking us out; what types of articles do you like besides WP?

  14. Victor O
    September 28, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Sad to see coverage of the Windows Phone being dropped by MUO. However, I'm sure you guys will still cover big news regarding it, right? Keep it up!

    • Ben S
      September 28, 2014 at 12:53 am

      We'll be on it anytime something big happens. Keep an eye on Dave's Tech News Digest slot!

  15. JamesC
    September 27, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Hi Ben, this article certainly stirred some excessive wording here, but in all honesty I also think that the view of the article is wrong. Maybe it is not that people are not interested in Windows Phone articles but MakeUseOf failed to attract the attention of the interested ones. If you look around WPCentral there is a feverish cult around Windows Phone, with pages upon pages of comments as soon as an article is released. I believe this has to do with their international approach (rather than US only) on their articles, since WP has a strong presence in many countries overseas. Anyway I'm sure Windows Phone (or Windows Mobile or Threshold or whatever the renaming will be) will have future updates in here. Besides, some of the best WP features are coming to Windows and with their new "One" mantra, by covering Windows you'll be covering WP as well.

    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      We'll certainly see, James. Thanks for offering your critique without being hurtful!

  16. cnavigator
    September 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Oh and just for the record, I find it funny that we Windows Phone users are accused of not having interest in articles regarding our platform.

    First and foremost, we simply don't care for fanboys rage wars. We know we are pleased with Windows Phone and couldn't care less about bashing iPhone or forcing others to get into it. If this is the kind of passion you are looking for, yeah keep targeting Android users, they sure seem "passionate".

    Secondly, Windows Phone is just simple and straightforward. I use my Lumia for 3 months and didn't need to see any guides to master it. But I do indeed remember having to search constantly for this or that tip to improve Android, whether it was lagging issues or space issues or rooting. Windows Phone just works and for all we care, thats the kind of phone we need, not a phone for messing around.

    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Are you kidding me with this?

      We have analytics to see who reads our articles. Apparently Windows phone users don't care about reading articles we post, because we've posted them consistently for well over a year.

      This has nothing to do with being a fanboy! I have a Nexus 5 and write about Android a lot, but I also have an iPod touch and write on iOS sometimes too. I bought a Windows Phone just to write on for this site. Did it ever occur to you that maybe I like technology, want to help others use it, and spent my own money to do so? I'm not bashing your precious WP; I'm sad to see it go.

      "If this is the kind of passion you are looking for, yeah keep targeting Android users, they sure seem “passionate”."

      I don't even believe this. When did I say we needed this? I want people to READ our WP pieces. COMMENT on them. SHARE them. Not mock WP or completely ignore it. What basis do you have to say Android users are raging fanboys? Seriously? Where do you get that idea from any of our Android pieces?

      "Windows Phone just works and for all we care, thats the kind of phone we need, not a phone for messing around."

      Uh, perhaps this is why nobody is reading articles on WP?! Maybe they just like their phone as is and don't care about new apps or anything, which explains the low interest on our pieces. That means us cutting the section makes sense...

      Your blind rage about something you haven't taken the time to understand is staggering. I like WP. I'm not bashing it. I want it to succeed. Calm down.

  17. Jeff
    September 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Just wondering what in the world all of the hate is for- did the juvenile commenters bother to actually read this well written article? I would guess not, because the writer was praising the Windows phone for all of it's cool features. Apparently, it takes less effort to post a moronic comment, instead of reading the article, and commenting intelligently. Thank you, Mr. Stegner, for a well written, well thought out piece.

    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks for your support! I can't believe all of the comments on this thing, but it goes to show there is a WP userbase out there, they just weren't reading our coverage.

  18. cnavigator
    September 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    This is some kind of joke right? Is this supposed to be a click-bait or what? Please tell me you're joking.

    I am laughing so hard right now as a Lumia user.

    Who says goodbye to Windows Phone on the exact period when it is about to start a massive rise?

    You are dropping coverage on Windows Phone the month before the public release of Windows 9, which shall bring many gap-bridging features to create a seamless and convergent computing experience between Windows devices on the desktop and mobile front, including your living room with XBOX. How stupid can that be?

    See, in case you forgot, Microsoft still has massive and supreme dominance on the desktop AND enterprise world. Lots and lots of people still rely on Microsoft software AND services for productivity. And in case you missed it, they're are developing what are called "universal apps".

    Sure, there is an app gap currently on Windows Phone. But with the release of Windows 9, when developers begin to realize that by making an universal app, they target not only the Windows Phone audience, BUT ALSO the massive desktop audience, who rely on unmatched Microsoft enterprise software and services, taking advantage of full integration with such services, and also your living room where your kids are, the same kids who use cellphones every 5 minutes, do you really think developers will let the opportunity slip?

    You like an app, you have on your phone, you have it on your living room (XBOX), you have it on your tablet, you have it on desktop in windowed mode, you have it on the web. THE. SAME. APP. EVERYWHERE YOU GO. Microsoft will be miles ahead Google and Apple in this whether you want it or not. And of course, no other mobile system will ever have the same integration with Microsoft own services than Windows Phone itself. You wan't to work with Excel on the go? Sorry Android. Maybe iOS has better luck though.

    Also in case you missed it, Microsoft has been releasing several affordable Lumia models in the past year, each and every one of them deliver far more impressive performance with less hardware capability than Android counterparts. And now I ask you: What is Android if you take from its share all the Samsung Galaxy's on the top end and the thounsands of low-mid range models on the market?
    We all know Android massive share is due to the low-end and mid-range market! And which Android phone runs comfortably on 512MB, doing everything you throw at it except heavy gaming, without the stuttering lag? Oh and then you can't fully install apps to SD Card. Oh the struggle is real for those who can't afford the Galaxy's... because I've been there and I know that Microsoft Windows Phone + Lumia combination is a winner, it's just a matter of time until the low-end models start to pick up. And you decide to kiss it goodbye. LOL. Nice timing.

    I decided to replace my previous Android phone for a Lumia 630 and I have nightmares about switching to Android again. I had 3 Android phones so far. IT SUCKS. IT LAGS. IT IS ONLY ABOUT THE APPS AND NOTHING ELSE. The experience is so much greater in Windows Phone that I feel miserably about everyone stuck at Android, specially on the more modest models. And then again, if I want to play or work, I have to use Windows. So why have Android if Windows Phone gives me the best integration with the rest of my life? Why have an alien element on my pocket?

    Besides, following the disappointment with Windows 8 and the much awaited the improvements on the desktop front and probably free upgrades from Windows 7 onwards, you can expect massive migrations to Windows 9. Yeah, people only need PCs once every 5 years now, but all that hardware running Windows 7 is getting old, 5+ years now. Those who decide to keep using it, will have free upgrades anyway. The Start menu will be there, windowed apps too. Performance and security is far greater. So why not? And those who decide to buy new hardware, will have it pre-installed. So all those people using Windows 9 will be glad to see some articles about it should they embrace the modern side. Not from MakeUseOf apparently.

    See, the point is, after Windows 9, there won't even be Windows Phone. The name is rumoured to be dropped. There will be just Windows. What changes is the device you use Windows, but the experience is THE SAME.

    Well, and then of course, you can kiss goodbye to readers like me who are not from US, because the last time I checked, Windows Phone is second in market share in various countries of South America, Europe and Southern Asia. Brazil, India just to name a few, ahead of iOS. Not enough audience for you? Well, I suggest you visit and check it yourself.

    I'll be sure to save a copy of this article and be back in a year from now, post it in some article about Windows and laugh at your faces.


    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      Look, before I even respond, I want to say:

      Did you read the article?

      Did you stop to see that there are 300 other comments on this article, making fun of it and misunderstanding the purpose just like you did?

      Did you read how I said that I wrote this piece BEFORE Microsoft made the announcement about killing the WP name and just calling it Windows?

      I'm guessing not, based on your bullheaded comment. So let me respond.

      First, this isn't clickbait. It was meant for readers of our site. By nature, clickbait offers an enticing topic and when you go to the article there's nothing there. This article, however, delivered exactly what it said in the headline. Therefore, not clickbait.

      Who can predict a massive rise? Not you, not me. You have no basis to say WP is about to hit a rise. Again, I DID NOT KNOW about all of the Windows 9 business. I wrote this piece a few weeks ago, and it just went through the editing process after that announcement. I cannot control that.

      "Also in case you missed it, Microsoft has been releasing several affordable Lumia models in the past year, each and every one of them deliver far more impressive performance with less hardware capability than Android counterparts. And now I ask you"

      Why are you bringing up irrelevant points? This article was IN FAVOR of WP. I WAS NOT bashing it, and it was not my choice to cut the section. Can you get that through your head?

      "Those who can't afford Galaxy's..."

      First, use apostrophes correctly. Second, there are hundreds of Android phones that aren't the Galaxy line that are cheap and just as good. Moto G is one. What does this have to do with anything?

      "Not from MakeUseOf apparently."

      Really? I said NOTHING about Windows itself in this article. You're drawing so many spurious conclusions it's honestly pathetic.

      "I’ll be sure to save a copy of this article and be back in a year from now, post it in some article about Windows and laugh at your faces."

      Please do! Thanks for the uplifting, encouraging attitude! I personally invite you to call me and say this to my face a year from now. Call my Google Voice number and tell me how you really feel. I dare you.


      In summary: It wasn't my decision to cut the WP section, the name change announcement happened after I wrote this, and we cut WP because it's been performing poorly consistently. I can't say anything more.

    • Christian C
      September 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

      As the guy who owns the Nokia Lumia 920 who contributed 99% of MakeUseOf's Windows Phone content, I've got to come in here.

      You appear, cnavigator, to be deluded.

      "You like an app, you have on your phone, you have it on your living room (XBOX), you have it on your tablet, you have it on desktop in windowed mode, you have it on the web. THE. SAME. APP. EVERYWHERE YOU GO. Microsoft will be miles ahead Google and Apple in this whether you want it or not. "

      This was the plan with Windows Phone 7. It didn't happen
      It was Microsoft's plan for Windows Phone 8. It didn't happen.
      With Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft have been pushing this idea. It hasn't happened.
      At this stage, Microsoft is betting on a unified OS - a data for which hasn't been announced for mobiles but is likely to be at least 12 months for most users - for Windows 9.

      The decision about Windows Phone ending as a section (not stopping all future coverage the end dead) is based on the current situation. Thinking that we're cancelling all future opportunities to cover the platform is misreading the situation (or not reading Ben's excellent post).

  19. Mustahsin S
    September 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I was laughing when reading the comments of these mad minded people, maybe they r windows phone lovers thats why they r just so much upset/angry. by the way I left Nokia after Nokia left Symbian, or i I still would be recommending people to buy Nokia. Windows just needs to get better and have more options like the android and iphone. now I always recommend android to others when someone asks me which phone to buy. But its also true that I still want to be a nokia user again, but I'll have to wait untill they do something good enough to make people exited about their phone.
    By the way thanks for the article, these windows features made me a little bit impressed, and though I don't use/support it I'm sad to say good bye to windows.

    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you! I'm glad you liked the article!

  20. Aaron
    September 27, 2014 at 4:20 am

    It is such a shame to see all these people leaving horrible comments on this site without even actually reading the articles. It's the same analogy of "judging a book by its a cover." I am truly sorry Ben that you have to see all these insulting comments everyday. There are sometimes just too many ignorant people who think they can leave a malicious comment on the internet without feeling the consequences. On the other hand, I congratulate you Ben for answering every single commenter. You could have just ignored it but you chose to stand up for yourself which I think is a great act of courage and it really requires tons of energy to respond to every single comment. Hopefully, you'll be able to take some time off after all this passes by. It is sad to see that you are no longer covering Windows Phone but that's understandable as this is how life is. Let's hope in your next article, there'll be more positive comments rather than all these attacking posts.

    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 5:56 am

      Thanks, Aaron. You understand what's going on. I'm exhausted after replying to all these - it took several hours!

  21. riobadar
    September 27, 2014 at 4:14 am

    So why you keep following and read this site?

    I use WP, Linux for my Desktop, and iPad.
    this is why I'm following this sites.
    I'm concerning about technology. not just about WP.
    bravo Ben!

    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Thank you! Right on!

  22. RobMonkey
    September 27, 2014 at 3:00 am

    WP has the best mobile OS on the planet. It is really too bad that more people don't know it.
    Shame on Microsoft! Spend some money and get the word out and get apps that people want.

    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 3:03 am

      We'll see what happens!

  23. Adrian Hennen
    September 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    I have no clue why everyone is bashing Ben for this. I'm an avid Windows Phone user (Lumia 1020) and it's obvious that there just aren't enough viewers of WP pieces to warrant dedicating writers to it. It sucks, but that's life.

    Someone had to write a piece explaining why WP articles are ending as well, it's not like he wanted to or has a vendetta against the OS.

    • Adrian Hennen
      September 26, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Oops, that should have said 1520!

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks, Adrian! I appreciate you understanding. I'd really like to know how many people who were being rude actually read the piece. I never could have guessed this would happen. That's the Internet, huh?

      Thanks for being awesome!

  24. Antonioerre
    September 26, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Windows Phone is HERE TO STAY, growing its market share day by day, and will be supported completely. Update 1 will be delivered in these months and Windows Phone 9 (next major version) is on its way october 2015. And these journalist do know that.
    This article is just totally bullying and totally nonsense.

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Do you have hard data to support this? None of this has been announced; we can't predict the future and neither can you.

      Did you even read the article? Did you read the other 150 comments I left? This article was not bullying. I was highlighting things I liked about WP as an Android user. If you can't see that and still comment telling me the article sucked, I don't have anything else to say. I was not bashing WP, I was reacting to what I was told.

  25. KT
    September 26, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Dear lord it's amazing how few of the comment posters grasp the comical phrasing of the article! Ben used a "dear John" format to bring to light some facts about the WP and people are losing it. It's just comedy and a touch of sarcasm, I loved it. Being a big Linux nut, how do you think I feel not being able to have a true Linux phone? If this article was about Linux worded in the same style, I'd still be laughing.

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Thank you for understanding. I didn't think the tone was that hard to grasp, but apparently it was. Thanks for having a good sense of humor!

  26. JasonGW
    September 25, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    You, sir, are an idiot, and this article is moronic. Moreover, if MakeUseOf is indeed not going to cover Windows Phone any longer, I'll make sure and return the favor by not using MakeUseOf any longer--because it's useless.

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 12:29 am

      Jason, I'd like you to say that to my face. Why am I an idiot? Please provide a specific reason, because otherwise you're just like all the other airheards in this thread. You come onto my article, misunderstand it and then insult me. I invite you to contact me and try that stunt again.

      I'm glad you think we're only as good as our WP coverage. Our others dozens or articles weekly are useless? Why? What's the reasoning?

      Don't you dare call me an idiot again. I'd like to see you structure a better article.

  27. Steve
    September 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    A real shame. The Windows Phone has been the best phone by far. I see more and more people realising how good it is when they actually get to see it.

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 12:27 am

      It is a shame, Steve. I'm sorry more people can't get into the platform. Hopefully the future is brighter.

  28. Mona
    September 25, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Hi, Ben S!

    It's really amazing how many people can read the same words and come up with a completely different understanding! Scary!

    I have an old Android phone. This article whetted my interest in WP. Maybe I should look into moving up to a WP. I learn so much from reading MakeUseOf articles -- I can't imagine bailing on it. And I really look forward to your emails announcing a new edition.

    Thank you for what you do. Keep up the good work.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you Mona. Your kind words reassure me. We'll do our best to put out the best content on the Web for you and other readers.

  29. david sharp
    September 25, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Wow - Ben you deserve a medal for replying to all those comments. I for one enjoy MUO and this decision wont make me remove your short-cut from my "daily visits" folder. The standard of the writing is excellent in my view.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you. I make it a policy to always respond to user comments, and as you see that's been insane in this instance. Thank you so much for understanding and seeing what we stand for.

  30. Tom
    September 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Jeez, this is dumb. You love something but because few else do, you abandon it. Thank God WP isn't a person! But this is dumb for exactly the reason that WP isn't burning up the internet. I'm an iPhone user and will likely be jumping to a Windows Phone when I get the next chance (when my contract is up). There are others out there like me who are finding iOS to be a bit old-hat, and Android is just not appealing at all, but WP has lots of potential. But you abandoning coverage won't help turn the tide. The more information that's out there, the more likely someone like me is to stumble on it and realize, "Hey, WP is pretty great!" But why bother to try to make a difference, right? It's easier to do what everyone else is already doing.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Tom, you can truly say after reading the article (did you?) and all of the 350 comments on this article that it's dumb? Really?

      "You love something but because few else do, you abandon it."

      Completely misstated. We love it because it's tech, but if not many people read it, what's the point? Maybe I love a certain band and nobody else does; that doesn't make it appropriate to cover on the site.

      You just compare WP to a person? Are you insinuating that because we made a business decision to cut a section that underperformed that I would be more apt to abandon a loved one? Preposterous.

      "But why bother to try to make a difference, right? It’s easier to do what everyone else is already doing."

      I've explained this a hundred times on this article. Go read some of those responses. I'm sick of these sarcastic, patronizing attitudes. We tried to make a difference and nobody gave two dumps. We're correcting that.

  31. Chase
    September 25, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    You had a point when you said that this article was for regular readers and not for Bing/Cortana traffic.

    Maybe the problem with your Windows Phone section was that you didn't appeal to Windows Phone users? I'm not trying to claim that, rather than ask. Why? Because, honestly, I came across this through Bing News, and this is the first time I've ever heard of "MakeUseOf" and I search Windows Phone, Windows, Lumia, Nokia, and Microsoft every single day on both Bing and Google.

    So, I'm sure you're a nice publication, but maybe the problem was your targeting stalling out your numbers and not an actual decline in audience population?

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      This is the first WP article I've ever written, so I'm not totally sure. I guess my point in saying that was: Why would random people if we were dropping the section? If this article had been called "Five Things You May Have Missed In WP" then it would have been ignored like all the others.

      We can't control what Cortana picks up. If she had done this 6 months ago we could have added readers and not had to have a goodbye article like this.

  32. scgscratch
    September 25, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    You do realize that it's just getting rebranded, right? They'll just call everything "Windows" from now on. Just no more "Phone" and "Nokia" branding. That's literally all.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Did you read the article or the other 150 comments I posted in explanation before you wrote this? I wrote the article before the announcement of MS dropping name. This has nothing to do with that, and if you'd think before posting you'd see that. We're cutting the platform due to lack of interest, not because of an MS name change.

      That's literally all.

  33. Ajey
    September 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    I bet you are going to write about Windows Phone soon :D ;) You can stop writing now but the future will show how powerful Windows Phone is and will be.. I can smell Windows 9 and Windows Phone 9's capabilities together which will beat iPhone and Mac OS X a long way :)
    Thanks for encouraging such a wonderful OS till now ;) This site will miss WP badly because I come here to read about Microsoft and their services. Now one of the core service isn't part of the website !! I'm sorry it's just hard to see it go. I wish you pulled latest information and delivered it on the right time to get good amount of traffic and mainly followers.
    I don't hate any of Apple's products but I like Microsoft products more !

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      We'll see what happens. I'm sorry that you'll miss our WP stuff, and time will only tell what Windows 9 will bring. Thanks for not being ridiculously upset.

  34. Earl
    September 25, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I think its a good call from MUO to drop Windows Phone. You must listen to your readers. Now hopefully there will be more relivant topices to take its place. I dont think WP will catch on like apple or android.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks for getting it, Earl. We'll have plenty of awesome content regardless of the WP drop, so stay tuned!

  35. Sanchit Rao
    September 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Ben S
    If those stupid hate comments have not destroyed your patience then please read this. I would like to thank you for sharing this article. Windows phone is indeed a good phone and deserves a much better attention. It's just sad that there's always someone who loses in the corporate war.

    I would also like to give special thanks to MAKEUSEOF.COM. I have been following you guys since 4 years and you have been helping me in my decision making for gadgets considerably, along with updating me with happenings in gizmo world.. Thanks Fellas and all the best!!!!!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I'm reading every comment, Sanchit, and while I'm exhausted from this I have replied to them all. You're welcome for the article; I'm glad you appreciate it.

      Thanks for following us. We're nothing without you readers and it means a lot to me.

  36. Brandon C
    September 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Come on! Stop bashing on Ben!

    MakeUseOf is part of my daily check of 'The Usual 5' (as I call it - Which consists of HowToGeek, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Engadget & this site) and I always, ALWAYS, find at LEAST one article I want to read and I always enjoy the way it's constructed. Sure, there might be a typo here or there but we're not all perfect.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks Brandon. I love those sites too (I was reading HTG long before I became a writer for MUO) and I bet we like the same things. Thank you for following us.

  37. John Fitzgerald
    September 25, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I commented prior to reading other comments. So...

    If you have gotten an influx of new readers as a result of now being in the Bing newsreader and Cortana crosshairs, perhaps you might contact Microsoft and ask them if that is going to continue, and if so perhaps you'd get a slug of new readers from the WP platform.

    I am one of those people who was aware of your site, and had looked at it a number of times, but you were not really in my focus. If you were captured by Bing/Cortana, perhaps you'd be in my focus more often.

    I do believe this is the first time you've shown up in my news feed, and I read the news twice a day. This article showed up in a topic I created using "Windows Phone" as the keywords.

    Make sense? And if this is the case, perhaps you'd find it useful to continue to cover the Windows phone platform.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      We'll see what happens. It's not in my power to contact MS so if someone else wants to, it might bring something about.

      Thanks for letting me know what caused this to spread. I don't know why Cortana picked this one of all to spread, but here we are. What a ride it's been.

  38. John Fitzgerald
    September 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

    What a silly choice you've made to stop covering WP. Oh, well, I guess I'll stop reading your site.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I'm not even going to grace this with a comment. Read everything else I said to the others. We had to react to trends.

  39. Gaurav
    September 25, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I have completely enjoyed (and still enjoying) my time with Windows Phone. But thats just me.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      I liked it too, bud. But most people didn't, I guess, so here we are. It's a shame.

  40. Horst
    September 25, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I love your site and as one of the WP user I was used to come back time after time to see the latest news on WP (and several other topics too!). This is one of the sites that while reading you won't get the feeling of writer being biased towards anything, like you get in some other sites. You guys tell how it is, so that you for that!

    As one of you guys said, "It’s a great collection of surprising features, some of which surprised even me. Better still, they can be put alongside similar native tools in iOS and Android, allowing Windows Phone 8.1 to stand shoulder to shoulder with the competition."
    That, and the ease of use together with my laptop & desktop pretty much sums it up.

    It's really a shame that things have come to this, that WP articles will not be published anymore. WP 8.1 is really amazing, and I won't be missing my previous Galaxy S III phone anymore.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I'm sorry about the cut. Thank you for understanding, and I hope that our other content replaces it for you.

  41. Frank
    September 25, 2014 at 8:41 am

    "I don’t understand the hate. Why are these people who have never heard of our site ticked off that we’re dropping a category?"


    Great site, great article. Thanks

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      That's what it comes down to. Thanks for your kind words!

  42. Muhammad A
    September 25, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Ben I appreciate you writing such a creative & un baised .After reading so many crappy comments I understand the fact the some people dont like WP considering they havent used it but insulting a site they dont know is bullshit.MUO is great tech blog where un baised and creative articles are written.I bet some of the people commented haven't even read the whole article.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Muhammad, I bet 80% of the rude comments didn't read the article, but what can you do? Thanks for your kind thoughts!

  43. Muhammad A
    September 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

    It's been about a month since I bought my Lumia 620.It took me some time to get used to it but now I'm starting to enjoy it.Many unique features that either android or iOS don't have.And now your saying your good bye to Windows Phone.There goes one of my reasons of visiting this site but I'll still come back for other interesting articles.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you for being rational. I'm glad our site is more to you than just Windows Phone.

  44. Chris
    September 25, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I have never seen so many horrible, uneducated comments on any one article on this site before. It's like we were found by 4chan or something.

    At any rate, I just thought I'd pitch in my two cents. The article was well written, it's clear that Ben was supporting the OS rather than attacking it, and to everyone who calls MUO an "unknown site", you are clearly lacking some mental function. This is one of the only sites I willingly accept and read the newsletter for, which I have done for a couple years now. Furthermore, I typically end up reading about 4 of the 5 articles each time because they consistently put out well-written, relevant articles ranging over a variety of topics, on a regular basis. That is the very definition of how an excellent blog should work, so shove it.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you, Chris. I don't understand the comments either, but they just keep coming. They draw unnecessary conclusions and don't read the article. I'm tired of it.

      Thank you for supporting us.

  45. TucsonMatt
    September 25, 2014 at 7:39 am

    That's too bad. I've never liked the iOS devices and wouldn't own an iPhone if they paid me! I took the T-Mobile test drive recently, and they sent me a 5s to use for the week. I was never so glad to get rid of a phone in my life! I don't understand the appeal of that phone at all!

    I've been Android since the beginning - got the HTC Hero as my first Android phone. I currently have an S3 and I've rooted it, installed various custom ROMs, etc. So, I'm pretty facile with Android.

    My S3 just went off contract, so I am looking at replacing the S3 as well as switching from Sprint as I only get 1/2 bar in my new office building. I will most likely buy the International version of the Lumia 1520 as it will work with AT&T, T-Mobile, and MVNO's as well as has wireless charging built-in.

    Guess I'll see for myself how the Windows Phone works!

    Sorry the interest has been so low. It seems like a really nice phone and UX if given the chance. Seems as if it has some issues here and there, but so does iOS and Android. You just learn what they are and figure a way around them or how to live with them!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      Yep, it's not a perfect platform but it has some great traits. Thanks for letting me know what you think!

  46. Salvo
    September 25, 2014 at 6:36 am

    What can I say, carvings on mailing list like it's a coffin, goodbye to a technology that is still here and is here to stay.. You said well, you are a technology website.
    And you made me think like Microsoft was going to dismiss the technology or shits like this so I'm here wasting my time reading bullshits about the fact I'm not going to read of winPhone here again.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      Your comment, like many others, jumps to conclusions and I've already replied to a hundred others like it. I have never said it was going away, just that we weren't covering it. The title is "MUO Says Goodbye," not "Microsoft Has Announced The End Of WP"

      Read the freaking article before you post an idiotic comment.


    • Salvo
      September 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      @Ben S
      Words are important. You say goodbye to people that aren't there anymore. You write "in loving memory" of your dear departed.
      Pictures are important. You carve flowers on coffins of someone is not there anymore.
      I've read your "freaking" article and you made me waste my time.
      Your answer is really mature, insulting your readers is the smartest thing you could do.

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      I said goodbye because my site isn't covering WP anymore, so it is goodbye for me. I didn't say it was going away completely. I didn't create the "In Loving Memory" image; that was our graphics person and I left them some instructions, so it is partially my fault but it still corresponds to the idea I'm trying to get across.

      I don't understand how this was a waste of time. The title tells you that MUO is cutting WP and that's what the piece was about.

      You're calling me immature? Have you read some of these comments? I restrained myself and replied to every one. I've been attacked multiple times and I think I've been fair in responding. I haven't insulted anyone; only been less patient with those who didn't understand the article and jumped to insult me.

  47. Aatif
    September 25, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Wow, the number of douchebag comments on this article is too damn high!

    I rarely ever comment on MUO, but this has provoked me to put out a few words. First, hats off to Ben for a very well-written piece; I 100% agree that Windows Phone is an unappreciated platform with massive potential, but it unfortunately couldn't pique developer (and subsequently user) interest. There are so many things that I like about my old and weak Lumia 520, but I just won't make it my primary driver or get a more powerful WP device because, frankly, half the apps that I use are either not on WP, or simply not worth using on this platform.

    I also fully understand MUO's decision to drop Windows Phone coverage - being a blogger myself, I know there are certain factors that drive coverage, and reader interest (or lack thereof) is certainly one of the key players here.

    Finally, to those douchebags who called MUO an "unknown site"; you're way out of your depth here. Just because you haven't heard of it, doesn't make the site "unknown". MUO has always been my goto for many things tech, and I still visit on a daily basis. Before you start commenting, bother to read what's been written and do your homework!

    Thanks, MUO!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and being our fan.

  48. Geffen Avraham
    September 25, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Hopefully this decision will change after this backlash. Probably not.

    Your articles were relatively unbiased, unlike CNET, who would go to lengths to deride and slam windows phone, then laugh about it. I think CBS is affiliated with apple or something. CNET even once recommended the fire phone over a lumia.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:26 am

      This wasn't my decision and I don't think it will change.

      We strive to be unbiased. Thanks for being a fan. And that's laughable. The Fire Phone is not very good; who would want that over a WP?

  49. Miles O'Shea
    September 25, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Light sarcasm Ben. I have a friend who was a staunch Windows Phone advocate, but despite his zeal, I never met a single other user. I never saw any evidence of it catching on anywhere. Too bad, but I guess it's just iPhones, Androids, and a tiny handful of wannabes. I say the more the merrier!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:10 am

      I gotcha. It's a shame; I like the competition and I'm glad you do, too. I love Android but there's a place for WP.

  50. Miles O'Shea
    September 25, 2014 at 3:51 am

    There's a Windows Phone???

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:03 am

      If you're being serious; yes,we've written all about it.

      If you're being sarcastic: I have no energy left to respond to you.

  51. Patrick Campanale
    September 25, 2014 at 3:16 am

    I truly am sad that this is a departing subject. I still use Windows Phone daily and find it lacking in very few areas for both my personal, and professional life. I hope that Windows Phone makes a return to MakeUseOf at some point in the future, maybe with Threshold, but I don't have high hopes.
    I'll still remain a MakeUseOf reader though, as I'm a user of every platform :) Just sad to see an old friend go..

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 3:17 am

      I'm sorry too, Patrick. Thank you for being civil and remaining a fan. I appreciate you.

  52. Jessica C
    September 25, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Dear all,

    Just popping by to thank my fellow author Ben on writing a creative piece to give Windows Phone a last hurrah from MakeUseOf before the topic goes on hiatus. I would also like to congratulate Ben on engaging with so many readers on this article.

    While I'm here, I'd like to remind everyone to be kind. It may be the Internet but people on the other end are real human beings, so don't say anything you wouldn't want your children to read. Respect will take you much further in life than frothing at the mouth like a rabid dog.

    Cheers to everyone,


    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 3:00 am

      Thanks, Jessica. Hopefully this optimistic comment is the last.

  53. Jeremy
    September 25, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I think it's interesting that Cortana never cared about this site until they decided to stop writing about Windows Phone. I think she's sending all these angry WP users here on purpose to get revenge.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:45 am

      I don't know why that happened but after this mess I wish it hadn't. I don't know what "revenge" you're talking about; these people never knew of us in the first place; why are they so angry?

    • Jeremy
      September 27, 2014 at 1:45 am

      It's not important. I was making a joke about Cortana being self-aware and sending all these angry WP users here to make trouble for your site because you decided to stop covering Windows Phone. I read the whole piece, and wasn't offended at all. I understand, business is business. I thought it was clever. I think you had good intentions in writing the article, but it was misinterpreted as a slam piece by a bunch of readers.
      As to why WP users are so angry, I think it's because WP users are tired of all the jokes Android and Apple Fanboys make about the platform. It's a great OS, and in a lot of ways it's better than Android and iOS. The only real weakness of Windows Phone (in my opinion) is app selection, and that's getting better.
      Unfortunately, I think dropping the "phone" and "Nokia" names are going to create a setback. Just calling it "Windows" going forward is going to cause confusion with users, and the "Nokia" name has been synonymous with quality and ingenuity for a long time. Microsoft has a lot of tenacity, so expect them to soldier though.
      I'm surprised you took the time to reply to so many posts. Either you have a lot of fortitude or you're a masochist. Either way, good luck to you and your site.

    • Ben S
      September 27, 2014 at 3:03 am

      Thank you. I make it a rule to reply to every comment, so you can imagine that was a challenge here. Thanks for being civil!

  54. Dave
    September 25, 2014 at 1:55 am

    I don't understand why people are insulting MUO when this site is great for general technology information. Keep up the good work!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:45 am

      Thank you. You're a diamond in a sea of these crap comments.

  55. Brian D
    September 25, 2014 at 1:30 am

    The traffic to this page alone should probably make MUO rethink its position lol. I usually only see this site through the articles that come into my inbox from the news letter. From that source there hasn't been much in the form of articles on Windows Phone. If many viewers of this site are like me, then that might explain the anemic attention to the windows phone section (of which I didn't really know existed).

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:47 am

      But don't you see? This is a bunch of people who are ticked off that we dropped it, but don't actually care about the site. They randomly came here and left a nasty comment, then they're gone. We've done tons of articles on WP; most people probably haven't bothered to look because they jump to conclusions. I can't control that Cortana brought people here.

    • Brian D
      September 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Yeah it is unfortunate. WP fans are already pretty sensitive from other known biased blogs that beat down WP for being different ;), since this article can have that vibe if not read carefully it puts them into defensive mode. I personally prefer WP to the others but won't act like you insulted a relative when you don't feel the same lol.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      I didn't mean to insult WP or its fans. I'm really sorry it turned out this way. Thanks for getting it.

  56. Roger C
    September 25, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Like a turd swirling down the toilet, goodbye and good riddance!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:47 am

      Are you referring to Windows Phone or MakeUseOf?

      Actually, at this point I'm not even sure I care.

  57. Tinkicker
    September 25, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Ben, lol, I'm AMAZED at the amount of irritation this article has generated! Irrational and childish isn't even comprehensive a description enough..."You won't cover Windows Phone so I just won't look at your unknown site, ha haaaa! Oh...and you're going to fail because of your pact with Satan over this!"
    I've thoroughly enjoyed MUO for ALL of it's coverage. I've used many different computing and phone platforms over the last thirty years, and a great number of them don't exist anymore. Guess what? There was always something else to replace it. There always will be.
    Keep up the good work. I learned some great things about Windows Phone I didn't know about before. Hopefully those perks will be incorporated into the iPhones and Androids of tomorrow.
    My hat's off to all the respondents who posted constructively and didn't snivel like spoiled children. And for all of those folks who had never heard of MUO before...maybe you need to broaden your internet exposure. I see references to MUO articles in searches all of the time. That's usually how I end up here!
    Have a happy flower sunshine day!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:48 am

      Thank you. I appreciate your kind words and use of actual logic instead of intensified, ridiculous Internet emotion.

  58. Nancy
    September 25, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I am going to be changing over to WP from Android within the next few weeks. I'm sorry to read that you won't be covering it anymore. :(

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:49 am

      I hope you like Android! We have a ton of stuff on it, so keep an eye out.

      I'm sorry about WP too, but it wasn't my choice.

  59. Kevin
    September 25, 2014 at 12:55 am

    I'm really sorry to hear you're stopping coverage of Windows phone! It's a very nice platform that works for what I need. I hope maybe you'll reconsider!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:49 am

      I'm sorry you're upset, Kevin. We have to go by what does well, so we'll see what happens in the future. Thanks for understanding and being civil.

  60. Mornen
    September 25, 2014 at 12:44 am

    I LOVE my Windows phone, even being the linux geek!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:49 am

      I'm glad! You're well-rounded! : )

  61. sa2112
    September 25, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I like MUO, and have been casually visiting for two or three years now (maybe more; easy to lose track). I actually have been sharing quite a few of your articles recently...not sure why the uptick, but definitely an uptick. Anyway, I appreciate the WP article. I use one at work, have a personal Android, and my immediate fam has a mix of iPhones and Androids. I don't pay that much attention to my work phone, as I just use the most basic features. Having Windows PCs at home running Win8.1, the WP offers a familiar interface that works well with Windows. 'Nuff said.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:50 am

      Thanks for sharing your WP experience, and I appreciate you being a fan!

  62. Brad Streeter
    September 25, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I found this article via Kloutt - so its trending pretty heavily in social media at the moment, as well as people finding it through Bing etc (for a change!)

    I haven't heard of this site before but personally quite liked the tone, I think no matter how you wrote it you were going to get some stick as people feel threatened that you giving up on their device symbolizes an attack on their device and it not being good enough - when actually its the users of the device that haven't been good enough in responding to your articles!

    Though I found this on my One M8 I also have a Nokia 920 and love it, and using both platforms has totally helped me get what you're saying - whatever the mark II 1520 is will be my next phone, I'm pretty sure!

    Is there a way you can look at what the key words are that have caused this to go so big on Bing and look into mimicking whatever factors it finds in a few key articles; maybe even rereleasing a few key and still relevant articles if that helps with writing costs? It would be a shame for such talented writing by someone who clearly enjoys the platform to not be allowed to write about this anymore - maybe this article can be used as a springboard?!

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:51 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Brad! You described this situation well.

      I'm not sure about the analytics; we'll have to have someone else take a look at that. Thanks for the suggestion!

  63. Charles S
    September 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Does somebody actually get paid to write about WP on this site? if not then why drop it?

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:52 am

      Yes, we get paid to write about it. Since people aren't interacting with the articles, they aren't doing well, and so it's not cost-effective to pay people to write them. That's all.

  64. Steve
    September 24, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Ben,

    I'm sorry to say, that removing WP as a category is enough of a disappointment to me, to want to unsubscribe from MakeUseOf.


    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:53 am

      Steve, I'm sorry that it had such a big impact for you. It wasn't my decision and I'm sad to see you go.

  65. Darth
    September 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Sorry but I can't agree that Windows phones look good . That ugly tile like look was out of touch the day it came out. So not at all surprising that they have lost market share. I'm still traumatised by my time with Windows Mobile 6.1 and vowed way back then never to bother again. Goodbye and good riddance Windows phone.

    • Reilley
      September 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Wow, stupid flamebait article looking for attention. I guess it worked huh? You feeling good about yourself now Ben? Windows isn't going away you fool. But users will leave your stupid blog.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:57 am

      @Darth I'm actually a fan of the interface, but hopefully like every other positive thing I said in this article about WP, that will be twisted and taken to say I'm bashing it.

      @Reilley I don't know why you left a comment on Darth's post instead of starting your own, but let me be blunt:

      Buzz off. This article WAS NOT meant to be clickbait, but something letting our readers know that we are cutting WP and that even someone who was new to the platform liked it. I'm so glad that you joined the 90% of cretins in this thread who read the headline and jumped straight and conclusions to the comments to insult me.

      Don't mock me, you jerk. "Feeling good about yourself?" Yeah, actually, I freaking am. I wrote a good article on a topic that I wanted to cover before we cut it. No clickbait; just a new, creative angle from me.

      It got blown up by Bing and as such, jackasses like yourself came and completely misunderstood it. You exemplify everything that makes me so upset about this comments section. Why are you so upset? Why is my blog stupid because we made a business decision? Why are you being such a fool ? Why does this make you feel better? Why do you take time out of your day to come to our site and be an idiot?


  66. Peter S
    September 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Ben, I get the sentiment, but hope that if there is anything interesting for the platform that you or someone else would note it. It's hard to make inroads against the very solid iOS and Android platform numbers and MS has played a lot of catch-up. I think with WP8.1 they've got something that's on-par or better than the competition in many ways. Usage is growing outside of the US, but it's been a hard sell in the US. I've used it since WP7 w/ a Samsung Focus (great device) and my wife has a Lumia 1020 for great pics and keeping up with everything on the go. the only app she's really lamented not having is the Coupon app for Android, but even that's a very minor complaint.

    MakeUseOf wasn't my main site for WP news in the first place so I won't necessarily miss it here. I hope that the team will at least consider the platform in the future if/when noteworthy articles could be written.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:59 am

      Did you read the article? I noted plenty of interesting things about the platform. That's what this was all about, but nobody actually reads the article and instead just jacks off i the comments section.

      Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Peter S
      September 25, 2014 at 3:46 am

      Yup - and I appreciated pointing out the different things WP is doing well. There are a lot of things. Might have missed the main point as I thought the sign off for WP was where you were finally stopping and taking the time along the way to call out all of the interesting aspects of the platform. (Which has come quite a way since its release and is a much better direction than where WM 7.x was apparently heading.) I hadn't realized there was a WP section to this site, though. I look for a lot of other stuff here but that's never been my main focus.

      You were looking for our thoughts on WP's departure from the site in the last paragraph, which was where my response was going. I'm saddened about the general lack of growth for the platform when there are quite a few things going for it. It looks like at the very least you generated interest. I knew a lot of the strengths of the platform already so there wasn't much news to me there. It was good to see the strengths called out in your farewell, though. (and yes, there were definitely comments where it was apparent nobody read through the merits on their way down)

      I like the interface, generally enjoy the simplicity and ease of use, find myself glancing a lot more than I do on my work Android device, and am enjoying being able to use the 8.1 features. Of course, I'm still waiting for a decent/recent phone to come to AT&T. The 830 and M8 look promising, but still no news of a true "flagship" upgrade at this time. I don't want to blow my upgrade on something that is about to be obsolete like I did with the 900 so am holding off.

      So, if you do intend to keep going w/ WP news/tips - great. If not, well, I can see that as well. You did well pointing out the strengths and I apologize for missing the point of the article. :)

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for staying on topic! I appreciate you contributing and apologize for getting upset at you.

  67. John B
    September 24, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Why are you shutting down MUO? You can write about other topics...

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:43 am

      We're not shutting down MUO. Did you even read the article? We're dropping the Windows Phone section. See my other 150 comments on these hateful folks for explanation.

  68. Foo
    September 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Ok, to the blog owner I say congratulations ! You probably got more views and replies writing about 'Windows Phone' than any other article you have made. The irony !

    To the people posting abusive, fan-boy charged comments. Well, you guys have taken the hook, line and sinker and made this little known blog relevant for 15 minutes.

    Otherwise Windows Phone is in fact going away. Being replaced just by Windows. Which is actually a somewhat revolution in OS tech, as it will bring universal apps and respectively smart view engines to allow for responsive and adaptive scaling across every form-factor.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:04 am

      I wasn't planning on these comments.

      We'll see what happens.

  69. Willz
    September 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    Time to unsubscribe from Makeuseof. Windows is the best, if you don't cover it then I'm out.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:42 am

      That's your decision. We're dropping WP, not Windows, and if you're that fickle shut the door on your way out.

  70. Keefe K
    September 24, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    As a regular reader of MUO and a proud Windows Phone 8 user, I find this announcement very puzzling. Why say goodbye to the Windows Phone? Is it because there isn't much new news about it, or just not alot of popularity? If it's the latter, I do hope that maybe some of the other writers for this tech news site will reconsider this. I do not read MakeUseOf just to read about stuff that is popular, but rather to discover what is hidden and unknown. I rarely read news on the new iPhones simply because the internet explodes with information on it, with news coverage even being in my local newspaper. If it's just due to the fact there isn't much to share, then that doesn't mean you should just say goodbye to it...just write about stuff as it comes along.

    Why I may not understand your reasons entirely, I respect your personal decisions. is under my dignity to get upset over such a small matter. I will say one thing though: if MUO really is saying goodbye to the Windows Phone, then I'll miss reading the related articles here. Of course I'll still read the other news on this site (excluding iOS and Android, since A) I don't have those OSes, and B) they're not within my interests), but I rather enjoyed how everything I needed and wanted to know was all found on here. But for those who are upset over this, I want to remind you that MakeUseOf is just a website on the internet. There are over half a billion websites on the finding a replacement isn't very hard. In fact, a really good website for news, how-tos, and other stuff related to the Windows Phone platform is , which as the name implies, is all about the operating system and the phones they come on. You have many other options besides MakeUseOf, so use them!

    As for you Ben, and the rest of the MakeUseOf team...may I give a small suggestion for the future? Instead of announcing that you're no longer going to cover news on something, maybe just leave it be, and allow it to fade into obscurity. People tend to get over-react to these kinds of things...and honestly, I can't blame them. I can't say that this article has left me with a good impression of the tech site I knew and loved, but getting angry over this isn't going to change anything. This is a tech news site, and what it doesn't cover is easily replaceable by other sites. I don't believe Windows Phones are dead just yet, and even if they are doomed, then it doesn't matter. It is my phone platform of choice, and I'd recommend it to others after explaining why I feel the pros outweigh the cons. But saying 'goodbye forever' really necessary? It would have been better to keep the silence, and if anything worthwhile came along, you could either write about it, or ignore it. But at least you wouldn't be dealing with all these arguments like you are. After have better things to do. Like writing your next article on how the next Samsung Galaxy phone will feature a built in sexton and defibrillator! ...Or something along those lines. I don't know...I'm going to ask Cortana to tell me a joke, until I feel better about my own.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:06 am

      Keefe, I explained why to dozens of others. Please read those to see why. It was doing poor consistently, so we decided to cut it. It wasn't my decision in any way and others writers won't be covering it. I just happened to be the one to write this piece.

      Thanks for your thoughts. I appreciate you being kind.

    • Keefe K
      September 25, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      In that case, I feel I owe you an apology. Sorry dude! :/

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 12:29 am

      Apology accepted. Thanks for reconsidering. It means a lot, and I thank you for that.

  71. K. Ooms
    September 24, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I bought a Windows Phone only a short while ago because I had a very inexpensive offer for it and even more so because I wanted to it different from my children who are all Samsung fans.
    And I don't even use it a lot, because I even didn't use my mobile phone a lot before that.
    Most of the fun was/is in trying to find my way around alle the options in settings and préférences and that's where I'm surprised not to hav met all these glorious options that dear Ben S. is now revealing in this article. In my Windows 8 edition I have never come across them. What have I been missing, then? But have I really been missing a lot or would I bbe happier with an Android phone? I don't even think so. What I'm really enjoying is the possibility to take pictures and be able to send them straight away to friends and relatives.
    I can very well understand the reasons why MUO has taken this decision and the way Ben S. wrote his end-of-love letter was really very nice. So, no hard feelings and I am sure many WP users will go on enjoying their little play. If someone can take the trouble to give me a hint how and where to find all the nice things mentioned in this article, I would be grateful for it and if not, no worry.
    K. Ooms / Belgium

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Thanks for your kind words. I'm exhausted from replying to every one of these comments, but if you'd like some helping finding the stuff I talked about in this article, please email me at

      ben [at] makeuseof [dot] com

      And I'll get back to you as soon as I can. You'll need Windows Phone 8.1 for most of it.

  72. Vicki D
    September 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I didn't read ALL of the comments though I read enough. Stay classy, Ben. You are a true gentleman. I love the way you handled your naysayers. And whatever you do, don't let their miserable and negative attitudes affect you. That's a reflection of who they are, not who you are. :)

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you! I appreciate your support!

  73. e
    September 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    I love my windows phone and have been loving them for 3 years.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      That's great! I'm glad you're happy with it!

  74. Paul Loader
    September 24, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    For some odd reason I find Win 8 (and 8.1) very intuitive, but don't have a windows phone. Have a Nexus 4 (outright) and have had Apple product in the past. Android I find so well, Linux like, which isn't saying much for anything. Just turning the Nexus of/on is a pain and battery life? Jeez! So, my next phone will be a Win based (outright) model which currently would make it a Nokia and a decent camera would also make it a Nokia. Shame you are giving up on WP. Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path etc. So maybe "beating the drum" rather than admitting defeat? Perhaps?

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Glad you're switching to something you like!

      I have no idea, man. I never expected this blowup; we'll see what happens.

  75. Chaim B
    September 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    My first-ever smartphone, and current phone, is Windows. After messing around on friends Android and iOS devices, I took that risk -- and I'm not sorry.
    It's slick, intuitive, a hardy worker, and frankly, I barely notice the relative lack of applications. I guess I'm just one of those strange people who can get by with only 120,000 apps.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      I'm glad you like Windows Phone. Rock it, and thanks for your on-topic comment!

  76. Capesthorne
    September 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Well Ben, I guess you weren't expecting to be the the target of such vitriolic nonsense when you wrote this article? It does rather look liked you inadvertently poked a stick into a metaphorical Hornets' nest. It does rather demonstrate the tribal instincts of humanity when groups feel as though something they have invested in is 'attacked', however misconstrued that view. And, I for one, do fully understand the nature of your piece. I think you highlighted some very salient points which resonate with what I've found as an occasional user of WP. I've used IOS & Android and they all have their pluses and minuses and I certainly wouldn't nail my colours to the mast of any one of them. I'm a regular reader of MUO. & will continue to be given the range of informed articles that are produced on this site. Keep up the good work.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you. It's comments like yours that give me the drive to keep going. It all had to do with Cortana spreading this to WP users; and what a choice it was.

      Thank you for supporting the site. It means a lot to me and I wish I could buy you a soda or something.

  77. Femi Canon
    September 24, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Oh FFS people, get over yourselves. The article was someone's (at MakeUseOf) lament of the Windows Phone, nothing more, nothing less. I personally think it was a rather nice tongue-in-cheek eulogy.
    ALL websites write reviews, good or bad about things that are / aren't; have been / have not been relevant to them.
    Why people feel compelled to complain is beyond me. It really is.
    It's like when die-hard rock fans get whipped-up in an online messaging frenzy over some MOJO mag reviewer slating a singer's album / influential retro back catalogue, or similarly Vogue magazine readers, foaming at the mouth over Anna Wintour's dissing of the new Gucci couture range.
    IT DOESN'T MATTER, at all. Not one jot.
    This was MakeUseOf's Win-Phone eulogy. Quit complaining about reviewers having an opinion and doing their jobs. Piss off back to browsing the other websites that don't easily offend you. Actually, forget the last part - just get a life. I thank you....
    P.S. Close the door on the way out.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you. This was meant to be my goodbye to WP, whose leaving was out of my control. I appreciate you understanding.

  78. mcheiron
    September 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Ben, the comments here really seem to get crazy. I actually really liked the way you wrote and your commitment of trying to answer the comments here really shows that you like to interact with your readership. Yes, I wrote that I would leave MUO and only come back from time to time. But seeing your responses and work makes me stay.

    Keep on doing your good work and maybe slip in a WP article.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Yes, I had no idea this could ever happen. Thanks for liking my style; it's a lot different from my usual, more explanatory way.

      I love to interact with readers; it's a shame that it happened this way for this article. I pretty much try to respond to every comment I get, so you can imagine that was a long process for this article.

      Thank you for reconsidering. That really means a lot to me.

      I'll keep up my work; I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you for understanding.

  79. Paul
    September 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I am a regular reader of MakeUseOf, and I enjoyed this article a lot. I have no experience with Windows Phone, but after reading this I'd wish I had a WP instead of the android phone I have from work. But well.... I hate phonecalls, so.... Instead of iOS, WP or android , I'd rather have a pocketPC without that darn telephone functionality anyway, hahaha !

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks for you support, Paul, and for not blowing this out of proportion. You should give WP a try if you can!

  80. Jason
    September 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I didn't know you guys had a WP section, and I'm a WP user. So, there's that.

    Microsoft needs to get some handsets out there. The selection, from a hardware standpoint, is atrocious. But my 635 runs circles around my wife's S4. 1/4 the Ram, 1/6th the price, and my Win phone is faster. The battery lasts MUCH longer.

    Here's where they can differentiate:
    - No carrier exclusives. Their phones work with all carriers, unlocked. At prices attractive enough to make the subsidy useless.
    - Updates from MS direct. No waiting on your carrier to decide when you get the latest version.
    - A promise that phones sold today will be upgrade capable for X years.

    That right there would hit a good number of pain points in the 'Droid community.

    If MS can keep pumping out good low-mid range phones with these few promises, they'd do much better. Right now, you're buying a Lumia 635 and hoping that it's Threshold compatible. I'm still waiting for the 8.1.1 update to be T-Mobile available.

    Carrier exclusives ONLY help the carriers. Since the carriers aren't helping Microsoft, stop giving them exclusives.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      I think carriers are the chokepoint of any mobile OS, and breaking those chains would help WP immensely. Thanks for commenting constructively!

    • Peter S
      September 25, 2014 at 3:54 am

      I think it's actually the salespeople even more than the carriers. Getting them to sell a WP device is like pulling teeth according to some who tried to get info on a WP device. They went in specifically asking about WP devices and were pushed towards Android/iOS (depending on the salesperson's personal preference). I think they said that less than 1 in 5 times they had someone admit there was another platform by MS and actually get somewhat useful info. But the point was that they had to ask specifically - nobody directed them there voluntarily. :(

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:07 am

      That's a shame. I'm sorry to hear this.

  81. M. Adams
    September 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Just wanted to give MakeUseOf some support. You're a fine and consistently useful tech site, far from unheard of; this was a fine and useful article; many of these responses were positively schizophrenic.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you. I needed this, and I appreciate you supporting us, friend.

  82. TechDude 9999
    September 24, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Apparently, Microsoft is so desperate for Windows Phone 8 news coverage, that they will even dig out the obits for it. I find that hysterical. Microsoft spreading the word that there are so few people reading the articles on this site for Win Phone 8 that its coverage is ending...

    I guess that 3.3% of the userbase out there that does use them doesn't know about this site either. Or didn't until now.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      I don't know why Cortana picked this up, but you see what happens when she does. I wish it would have happened 6 months ago; these pissed-off WP fans would be regular readers of our site and the section would be here to stay.

  83. Celeste
    September 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I initially expected this to be a WP bashing article, but after actually READING it, I realized that you were extolling the virtues of the phone. In fact it made me a little more interested in checking out the WP at my next phone upgrade.

    Oh, and beware the influx of more trolls, I found this link on Facebook!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Celeste, thank you for actually understanding the piece and using your brain for two seconds to process what my point was. I appreciate it. I'm new to the platform and wanted to talk about what caught my eye in it. I'm so glad it piqued your interest, because that was my goal with this piece.

      Thanks for the warning, and thanks for your support!

  84. Matthew H
    September 24, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Wow, all 10 Windows Phone users are *furious*.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Yeah, and here I am making fake accounts to give positive comments on my own article, according to one of them.

    • Christian C
      September 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      Hey, 9. I'm not furious!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      You're right Christian, you're on my side : )

  85. roman desilva
    September 24, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Every time a new iPhone comes out, some blogger writes an article like this. It's excellent click bait. I'll be pulling makeuseof from my feed. Either that or I'll join you. I hear the new iPhone even bends ????

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      You've got to be joking. This has nothing to do at all with the iPhone 6. I wrote this a few weeks ago; it was only just published now. Answer me: HOW is this clickbait? It describes the article exactly and paint WP in a positive light.

      Pulling MUO from your feed over one article that you jumped to conclusions about is a moronic move, so I hope it makes you happy.

      Join "me"? Are you serious? When did I ever say that I was all about the iPhone? I'm an Android user personally, but that had nothing to do with this.

      Did you even read this article? I'm dumbfounded by your response.

  86. Roman P
    September 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I was working on team developing one of the first applications for the Windows Phone, so I tried it for free, and I was completely disappointed.
    — I didn't like its look (for me Metro/Modern was and is most hated interface)
    — I didn't like it's performance
    — The platform wasn't developer-friendly. Without any disclosure I can openly say that WF applications ended up having less features than apps for competing platforms (and 2 years later that story was repeated with Windows 8 Metro/Modern apps).
    — Even copy-paste function was missing from the first release.
    — And it was bound to carry MS license cost, while its competitor Android was being released for free and available for rebranding, modding, anything.

    So I have no believe that this project will "take off" and really "Bury the competition", as MS boasted in 2010.

    Looking now at how bad performs new Metro/Modern design integrated in Office-2013, I still didn't get any believe in anything featuring Metro/Modern design. Too bad that MS is still clinging to that awful idea. It will cost the world a lot, but I think it is doomed, well, until MS invent browser core performing really much better and put that performance in their apps without new issues plaguing developers.

    • James
      September 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      @Roman P, there is no Modern version of Office 2013!

      MS hasn't released a Modern version yet... Only the App for the WP, and the app for iOS and Android devices but an actual Modern Office 2013 hasn't been released yet...

      The present Office 2013 just is the desktop app that's designed to work a little better on tablets...

      They're probably waiting on the next mobile release where Threshold update means they'll be merging WP with RT for a mobile platform that can be used either on a phone or tablet, along with merging the app stores...

      And last I checked WP is already free... So you may want to get an update on what's going on because it seems your info is at best out of date...

      Though, I agree on needing to improve the situation for developers... It has gotten a bit better than you're describing but still needs to be much better still before they can expect the app market to really start evolving...

    • Roman P
      September 24, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      @James, you are technically correct where I'm not.

      What I meant with Office 2013 is Metro-_like_ interface _style_ and worse performance I see in all 2013 apps even on desktop, be it Outlook, Lync, Excel or Word 2013.

      Every of them just enrages me to the point that I use them only where I'm paid to do that (at my office desk), and refuse where I'm not (while the company I'm working with provided me a few free licenses).

      So, sorry — but I don't want to run any Metro or Metro-style applications . They are just worse for me than their competitors.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts, guys, and actually staying on-topic instead of misreading the article and bashing me. I'm glad you have an opinion on the state of WP, truly!

    • Jason
      September 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      "I was working on team developing one of the first applications for the Windows Phone, so I tried it for free, and I was completely disappointed."

      Metro wasn't available on the first Windows Phone. What version are we discussing here?

      "I didn’t like its look"

      You know.... I think that's a load of hooey. That's like saying Ferarri's suck, because I don't like Red. Meanwhile, Ubuntu went to a very "metro-esque" launcher a year or two before.... Because they wanted to work on tablets.

      Look into the goals of the Modern UI - They're not that different than the new Android L.

      "Microsoft designers decided to redesign the interface and with more focus on clean typography and less on UI chrome."

      At its IDEA 2011 Ceremony, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) gave Windows Phone 7, which uses the UI, its "Gold Interactive" award, its "People's Choice Award", and a "Best in Show" award. Isabel Ancona, the User Experience Consultant at IDSA, explained why Windows Phone won:

      "The innovation here is the fluidity of experience and focus on the data, without using traditional user interface conventions of windows and frames. Data becomes the visual elements and controls. Simple gestures and transitions guide the user deeper into content. A truly elegant and unique experience."

      When you hit the Andriod or iOS launchers, what do you get? A screen full of icons. Metro is too colorful? Live tiles too useful? Or is this more "I want my start menu back!"

      You can say the new UI is unproductive, etc... but "I don't like the way it looks"? C'mon man.

      "I didn’t like it’s performance"

      Again, what gen are we talking about, and performance compared to what? Windows 8 performs better than 7, and WP8.1 performs far better than Android on the same hardware.

      "The platform wasn’t developer-friendly. Without any disclosure I can openly say that WF applications ended up having less features than apps for competing platforms (and 2 years later that story was repeated with Windows 8 Metro/Modern apps)."

      Are we talking the old Silverlight method? Yeah, that sucked. As a developer for all three platforms, WP is way ahead of trying to do the same work in 'Droid now. Metro apps are a breeze to program.

      Here, the code for a Metro app:

      Hello App


      HTML5 with Knockout style data binding. Schweet.

      Both platforms are using XML to construct the UI of an application. In fact the similarities are quite suspicious. Windows Phone offers a great drag and drop tool and the UI creation is a straight-forward procedure. Things are a little bit more complicated on Android. There is a basic drag and drop tool, but it doesn’t do a lot of things (it can’t really), designing the UI for so many different types of Android screen sizes and shapes is -despite the tools and the good documentation- more complicated than having to support a limited and documented set of screens.

      Another important issue is the design guideline. Microsoft came with the Metro UI. I do not find it so attractive, but many of my friends who work on the design industry find it splendid, so I have to trust their taste. What concerns me most is that the design guidelines for Android are constantly changing (can you find anything similar between Android 1 and the Holo theme? I can’t!), you have to redesign your app often (this can be a good thing too) but I believe the Metro UI has come to stay and we won’t see any dramatic changes to the UI or the UX of the Windows Phone applications in the near future.


      "Even copy-paste function was missing from the first release."

      As it was from the first releases of Android and iOS.

      "And it was bound to carry MS license cost, while its competitor Android was being released for free and available for rebranding, modding, anything."

      Some would say that the "modding" aspect of Android is one of it's worst features. Plus, if you sell an Android device you owe MS their money for patents. WP is free for OEM's to put on. Windows Phone is cheaper for the OEM.

      All in all, it sounds like you tested the 1.uh-oh version. Give it another try.

    • Roman P
      September 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      2 Jason.
      > Metro wasn’t available on the first Windows Phone. What version are we discussing here?

      It was. I think we discussing here Widows Phone in general ("You’ve fought hard these last few years") , and what I wrote about was HTC 7 Mozart , WP7, 2010.

      > You know…. I think that’s a load of hooey. That’s like saying Ferarri’s suck, because I don’t like Red.

      WP7 wasn't Ferrari at all. It had neither good speed nor good look for me.

      And you know, smartphones are personal devices. I want to like what I often hold in my hand and look at. If you don't have what I like, you won't get my money.

      > Meanwhile, Ubuntu went to a very “metro-esque” launcher a year or two before…. Because they wanted to work on tablets.

      As far as I know, after that new interface the most popular distro Linux became Linux Mint, which featured 2 old-style Gnome desktop shells. Fortunately for Linux (and Android as well) one doesn't have to accept one shell and look.

      As far as I know, neither Metro nor new Ubuntu got any significant popularity with tablets.

      > Look into the goals of the Modern UI – They’re not that different than the new Android L.

      I'm buying what I like, not what is pitched as a new.

      > “Microsoft designers decided to redesign the interface and with more focus on clean typography and less on UI chrome.”

      And I don't want to pay to them for what they decided. If they want to get my money, they better design what I want. If they did a wrong guess, may the market punish them.

      > A truly elegant and unique experience.

      And how went converting that to sales?

      > When you hit the Andriod or iOS launchers, what do you get? A screen full of icons.

      Yes, and that's what I like and what I pay money for.

      > Or is this more “I want my start menu back!”

      Yes, and give me my Start menu back to desktop as well. I didn't upgraded to Win 8 (and not going to anytime soon), company I work for didn't upgraded to 8 as well, and one woman I know bought notebook with Win 8 recently soon downgraded to Seven.

      > You can say the new UI is unproductive, etc…

      Yes, and unproductive too.

      > Windows 8 performs better than 7, and WP8.1 performs far better than Android on the same hardware.

      I don't see anything what I want to pay for in Win 8. As for Android, it's performance is (and was) good enough for me, and its huge application base and user share is better for me too. I don't see any good reason to try WP again.

      > Are we talking the old Silverlight method? Yeah, that sucked. As a developer for all three platforms, WP is way ahead of trying to do the same work in ‘Droid now. Metro apps are a breeze to program.

      No, it wasn't Silverlight (one more failed MS technology), that were C# / .Net apps. At the time they weren't good and now I don't see any reason to prefer Metro apps over Windows desktop apps or Android apps.

      > Microsoft came with the Metro UI.

      Shouldn't have done that ;)

      > I do not find it so attractive, but many of my friends who work on the design industry find it splendid, so I have to trust their taste.

      Well, may they buy it then, and people like me buy Android, and we'll see who prevail. So far WP is underdog.

      >> “Even copy-paste function was missing from the first release.”
      > As it was from the first releases of Android and iOS.

      By 2010 both iOS and Android developed quite a lot of features, solutions, apps. If you come later and want to catch up, you have to take a good speed, and WP didn't.

      > Some would say that the “modding” aspect of Android is one of it’s worst features.

      May they buy other platform :) I'm buying Android :)

      > Plus, if you sell an Android device you owe MS their money for patents.

      I didn't see that so far in market prices. Android devices were and remain cheapest.

      > Give it another try.

      Pay me for that first :)

  87. Skylark
    September 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I've always liked the Windows Phone. The only reason I don't have one or bother with them is because I can get super-value service on the android phone I already have. Owning a Windows phone would have been more expensive -- and that's just a luxury I can't afford. Although an i-Phone would have been twice as expensive as either WP or Android...

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      I bought a cheap WP, the Lumia 520, on sale on Amazon just to write on, then we were alerted to the WP cut. I understand your situation. My main phone is a Nexus 5, which I love.

  88. Auldtwa
    September 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Many many of us would gobble up news about 8.1 and Cortona if only Verizon would get around to providing the update. Right now the only response to an article on these features is a huge spike in blood pressure caused by Verizon, with which we are well and truly stuck

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      I'm sorry that your carriers screw you over with WP updates; many Android users have the same issue. It's not my fault, however, and I can't be blamed for Verizon's extreme slowness in rolling out the update. Carriers are the bottleneck of phones.

    • Auldtwa
      September 24, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      I wasn't trying to blame you. Far from it. But before concluding that there isn't interest in Windows phone posts, you guys should consider whether the lack of response is actually due to the lack of AVAILABILITY for the readers of exploring what you are posting about! Maybe your WP team should rather take a vacation, than a full stop.

      To make a statement that "no one cares" about the WP just flames the prejudices against it that abound, including apparently at Verizon, where there have been numerous reports of sales folks badmouthing WP and trying to sell android or apple. I love my phone, there are plenty of apps to do what I need, and badmouthing just prevents developers of good apps not yet available on Windows from making the effort to extend their range.

    • Auldtwa
      September 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      P.s. I wasn't trying to say that you, Ben, were badmouthing. Your article sang praises. The folks who are badmouthing are the ones who made the stupid decision in the first place.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:08 am

      It's a shame, and you may be partially right, but the lack of interest in our WP articles was surely due to more than just Verizon.

  89. Michael W
    September 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm


    So you write a article that talks about the positives for Windows Phone and tell us that MakeUseOf is saying goodbye to it? Why not an article about dropping Linux coverage? Windows Phone actually has a greater market share on it's platform than Linux does on the desktop (and yes, I do know that Android is based on Linux...)

    What Windows Phone needs is chance to compete based upon its own virtues, especially now that Microsoft has finally decided not to keep charging the toll to use the OS on devices that Android can be installed on for next to nothing. As Windows Phone gets installed on more devices here in the United States, it's likely to grab a larger share of the market and be on better phones than just those offered by Nokia. I picked up a Lumia 520 a couple of weeks ago when for $40 on sale on Amazon and I have to admit it's a pretty decent product. I'm now looking at the upcoming BLU Win HD as well as phones made by other dealers with better specs and decent pricing.

    Also, a LOT of us are price sensitive when it comes to buying technology - an Apple fanboy will happily stand in line to drop $650 on a new iPhone every 18 months or so, but there are a great number of people who would like a quality handset in the $200-$400 range. Android devices have carved out a significant portion of that market and there's no reason that Windows phone can't do the same, especially if they get better application support and continue to improve on what Windows phone 8/8.1 has provided.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm


      Look, I get you're upset, I bought the exact same WP you did on the exact same sale. I like my Lumia 520, and I was upset when we were told that WP was being cut. I understand everything you say about price; I'm price-conscious too.

      As I said to others, it's not about market share, it's about how many people respond to what we write. WP was not doing well consistently, so we decided to cut it. Linux does much better, so it's not an issue. Why are you so upset?

  90. Jake
    September 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Isn't it amusing to see how clever these makeuseof guys think they are?

    I've been writing about technology since before most of these technology simpletons were born, and for the big boys too. And if you follow technology, you know articles and opinions are largely driven by three things: money, ego and fashion.

    Who is willing to pay you by virtue of arbitrary numbers posted somewhere, how much are they willing to pay, and what are the latest technological ego and fashion statements?

    I've used and hammered on all the best smartphone systems - every one of the systems talked about here or anywhere.

    Since the earliest days, We PC geeks referred to Apple as the "Yuppie" company - and they've never changed since those days of exorbitantly expensive IIcs's, Lisas and Macs. Then there was Android - the big Mega-Google clown which was the system I used until recently.

    But a couple of months ago, I made a conscious choice - the smartest one I've made in recent years. I went back to good old Microsoft and bought a Windows OS phone.

    I didn't realize how stupid I had been until I bought my new Windows phone and - for the first time - I actually and totally fell in love with a smartphone. I had no idea what all the fuss about smartphones had been about until then.

    The phone and OS was simple, real and just worked like a "smart" phone was supposed to work. I had been lost for years, but all was right in my personal communications world - finally. It was a definitely my Aha! moment about smartphones.

    Even we diehard tech geeks get it wrong. I had been doing it all wrong for years, and didn't know it. But I am so happy to be back home again.

    Free at last! No more fruit or jelly bean companies or crapola to deal with!

    By the way, makeuseof - I was a subscriber. "Was" is the operative word here.

    • Matt S
      September 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Sorry, no one cares about Windows Phone. Buying one doesn't make you smarter. But it might mean you're completely obsessed with feeling unique.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm


      Frankly, what the hell are you talking about? You openly insult my intelligence on my own article thread and say that I have no place to write about what I do. Are you serious? Completely over the line.

      "Money, ego, and fashion"

      This article had nothing to do with that. Let me say this for the 50th time, since nobody seems to understand:

      I did not make the WP call. I had bought a WP before I was told about the cut, and so wanted to write on it at least once. As an Android user and someone new to WP, I decided to make it creative to try something different, since we have had a ton of technical pieces on WP that did poorly.

      I don't care about your smartphone usage/revelation story. It has no effect on this conversation. I'm glad you like Windows Phone, We have numbers on who reads what here, and WP was under performing. Period.

      If you're really so fickle that you would unsubscribe from us over one, 1/100 style, different, fringe, article, I'm sorry to say I don't really mind the loss. You like Windows Phone and I told people that I like it too and I'm sorry it's going away. What exactly is your beef here?

  91. Luis
    September 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    People, please pay more attention to what you're reading! I see it too often where people simply skim over a document or email, etc, and don't fully ingest what is written in front of them. The article clearly states that they're taking down their WP section because the articles are not doing well. At no point did the author say Windows Phone itself wasn't doing well. Why do you accuse the site of not being popular because YOU couldn't find it before? It's been around for quite some time, and just like any other site, there are good and there are bad articles. This one happens to not be a technical article, but that doesn't make it a click-bait posting.
    I, too, am sorry that a section has to go down. I'm not really a fan of WP, and I actually think that it too will die eventually. I do follow MUO, though, since a few years back. Keep up the good work!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for understanding, Luis, and actually reading it. I'm glad you understood my tone and that this piece isn't meant to be hurtful or clickbait. It was supposed to be positive. Thank you for your support; it means a ton to me.

  92. Matt S
    September 24, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I'm seriously lawl'n at the made Windows Phone users and the irony of Bing deciding this is the only WP article it should pick up from our site. I think someone at Microsoft is trolling us.

    Thing is, WP fans don't give as much support as they think. Linux isn't popular either, but Linux fans love to read and talk about it. WP fans? The silence is deafening. Well, until you make light of that silence. Then they're SO LOUD. But that's the Internet for you.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      Matt, I could have never predicted that this article would be shared by Cortana, but you see where it got us. I truly wish that WP users would have been shown our earlier articles and this wouldn't have happened.

      Your last paragraph sums this up. Market share doesn't matter; involvement with articles we write on it does. Simple as that.

      The Internet is a weird place.

  93. Aquadeo
    September 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I read Makeuseof articles on a regular/daily basis. Most are very interesting and informative. This blog was also entertaining as well as enlightening and certainly grabbed attention. Perhaps a debate like this is just what your WP section needed?

    Please keep up the great writing. I'll be back for more.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you. It means a lot to me, what you had to say. This piece is unlike my other ones; it was supposed to be creative and look at WP in a different light, while still providing help and looking back at the platform.

      All the comments are nice in theory, but this isn't a debate; it's a hate war against me and the site. But I can't help that.

      I'm so glad to hear that. We appreciate you!

  94. Sameer M
    September 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    You don't need to cover Windows Phone here. WPCentral and many more sites are doing that for us ;)

    The pity is that most Android/iOS fanboys fail to understand the beauty of simplicity that comes with Windows Phones. My Lumia is fluid, fast and has NO Malware.

    Who needs a flashy OS full of untested app, virus and malware :)

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Sameer, I'm glad you have somewhere else to go.

      As an Android fan, I loved discovering WP and its features. That's why I wrote this piece in a positive light.

      Re Android malware: that's really an exaggerated point. The amount of malware on Android phones is extremely tiny. You make it sound like Android phones get viruses every week, which simply isn't true. But it's okay; I'm glad you like your Windows Phone!
      Thanks for your comment!

  95. SkiddMarxx
    September 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    If you're basing your coverage on market share, how does the market share of OS X compare to Windows?

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      I don't know, and I don't feel like looking it up right now during all this. All I know is what I was told, and that's that WP articles have been performing poorly. Less people use OS X than Windows, but those people appreciate the articles for their section.

  96. Sam
    September 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm


    So much cynicism here, Ben's just made a funny attempt to make the loss of a market share about Windows Phone, and he even stated it wasn't his fault if this had been chosen to. Everyone should know about boss orders.

    As a tech savvy he (like most of us) would have liked to continue the coverage although statistics shows not many users are interested in WP RESPECT to the iOS's and Android's users; of course WP has its niche of people supporting and liking it, but what people misunderstood is that the coverage ends on the MakeUseOf site and not World(Web)Wide.. whether you like it or not.

    Blaming Ben for the article is the most childish thing to do, as it could have been you if your boss ordered you to write an article like this. If you don't like MakeUseOf or if you liked it and it was your only tech source, simply look elsewhere, web's full of resources.

    I apologize for any grammar errors, english's not my main language. Just felt to share my fifty cents and to tell the author he should not be discouraged by the mad posts of the majority of posters here, but to take them as an added bonus who just confirms what you wrote about the things missed by WP.

    Keep up the good work~
    "haters gonna hate" [cit.]

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:32 pm

      Thanks, Sam. You understand what I was going for with the article and what I'm feeling with all these comments right now.

      I had no choice in the WP cut, I simply wanted to write about it before it went away since I had just bought a WP for myself to write on.

      Right on!

  97. Ruby
    September 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    You should have learned by now, you don't f*$k with Windows Phone, Windows Phone F&#ks with you.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      "By now"? This is the first article I wrote on this topic.

      If you mean after all these idiotic comments, wow, I'm really scared. I didn't f$#@ with Windows Phone, I tried to promote it and have people see that its going away was a negative thing. You, like all the others, can't see that and have jumped to conclusions.

  98. Grcoeeg
    September 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks Ben, a good article. I understood immediately what you were saying and why. In fact I learned several thing about Windows phone that are very good. Keep up the good work.

    • Ruby
      September 24, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      Ben are you pretending to be somebody else to get positive comments? What a douche ?

    • Prince Charles
      September 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      A douche is the one who sits glued to his computer for a few hours trying to come up with a clever article that attempts to define “douche".

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      OP, thank you. That is one of the things I was going for with this article.

      @Ruby - are you even remotely serious right now?! What would I have to gain by posting fake comments on my own article? The fact that you would even suggest that about someone you don't know blows my mind.

      @Charles, If you're referring to me and my article with your comment, buzz off. If you think this article describes a douche then I truly feel sorry for you.

  99. Mike
    September 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Stop writing about this Ben . You seem to have inadvertently caught the attention (thanks to Cortana) of Trolls , idiots who can'r read , self appointed experts in sight. Don't feed the fires of negativity. I don't agree with everything Makeuse of publishes either but you're entitled to your opinion and so are others , but politeness is free , everyone should use as much of it as they can.

    • Eugene
      September 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Yeah stop being a dick Ben

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      I will stop writing about this; you think I'd really ever write another creative piece after this mess?

      Eugene, I won't even comment.

  100. Henry
    September 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    If there was a hate button I would click that.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      If it makes you feel any better,Henry, I'd click that button on your comment, too. Thanks for contributing to the discussion!

  101. Dale
    September 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    The internet should block makeuseof because it isn't popular enough. That would teach them, those ungratefully ...

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      We own the site, we make the decision. What would teach us? How is cutting Windows Phone making us ungrateful? Let's continue to waste time, space, money, and energy on a section nobody is reading!

      You'd make a great businessman. Any other advice?

  102. Ricardo
    September 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    All these good websites are turning into click bait. What a shame ?

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      How is this click bait?! How, in any way is this or any other piece clickbait? If you think that's all our site is, you're sorely mistaken. The title explains the article perfectly well. Did you even read it?

  103. Ben
    September 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Enough user Interactions for you ASS.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm


      Just shut up. Your comment contributes nothing and name-calling gets you nowhere. What issues did you have with the article?

  104. Karl Michaud
    September 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Lets kill makeuseof doesn't deserve users like us. The only thing makeuseof cares about is its profits. Stop taking advantage of you users makeuseof. I have blacklisted and I hope everyone reading this comment does the same. Websites should stop taking advantage of their user base. Their is more to journalism than profits and popularity. If popularity is all you care about why not turn into buzzfeed. Makeuseof was such a great site, it had so much potential

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Karl, I don't even know what to say to you. "Users like us"? The ones that have barraged me with hateful comments about an article they didn't even take the time to understand? Yeah, I like those readers!

      We only care about profits? Are you joking? Is that why we spend hundreds of hours every week covering the best in tech, on nearly every platform, for you all's benefit? Is that truly what you think, and you formed that opinion over just one article?

      How are we taking advantage of our users?! Please answer me, because I honestly have no clue what basis you have for saying that.

      You blacklisted us because of one article. Do you even use Windows Phone? Are you that upset over this?

      There is more to journalism than either of those, and we're a living example of that. We care about you guys, and it hurts when I read comments like this.

      I'm offended that you compared us to BuzzFeed. How can you compare 2,500 collections of GIFs to hard-researched, original, well-documented tutorials? That's a joke.

      Finally, did this one article really prompt all of this? I'm amazed at how flaky you are.

      I'd love to read your response to this, because I'm amazed someone could even write what you did.

  105. Yg Y
    September 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    This site should STOP articles on MAC OSX. They barely have any market share and that hasn't changed in over 20 years. Time to stop wasting resources and cover other operating systems more since no one cares about OSX.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      I don't know where you get the idea that nobody likes Macs. We get much more feedback on those articles than WP, hence why we're dropping WP and not OS X.

      We'll dictate where our resources are best spent.

    • Yg Y
      September 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      That's the point. There are millions of people who love Macs....but if you look at just the market share like your site foolishly did then you would think that no one cares for it cuz if it did it would have much higher market share.

      If WP had higher market share, even if the articles weren't popular, you would still cover it just like the low market share products that are Macs. Hence why I made the analogy with something that has low market share but is still covered. Heck even if no one comments/reacts to your Macs you guys would not drop it. So what is the motivation ?

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      I'm sorry: when did you gain access to our numbers and analytics that lets us know which sections perform well?

      It's not market share, it's interest in the topic. Not many people use Linux (relative to other OSes) but the people who do like articles, so the section thrives. Either not enough people own WPs or the ones that do don't care about the stuff we were writing on about it. Either way, it doesn't matter; the performance of WP was bad.

      "If WP had higher market share, even if the articles weren't popular, you would still cover it"
      "Heck even if no one comments/reacts to your Macs you guys would not drop it."

      How do you know the second statement?? You're talking out of both sides of your mouth.

      You say we wouldn't drop OS X even if it performed poorly, but if WP performed poorly we would still cover it, which we aren't.

    • Yg Y
      September 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Let me explain myself better.... This site has some of the most negative Windows 8 articles on the net. With a few positive ones sprinkled here and there so you can't be called an anti-Windows site. Having said that I have also noticed the Apple fandom amongst (not you but other writers here) this site. So if Mac articles were to get the same numbers as the WP article I doubt you guys would make the decision to stop covering OSX. Cutting WP was an easy decision because its Microsoft … you don't have to agree, this is just my interpretation.

      On another note.

      This was a stupid article and decision because EVEN YOU acknowledge how Windows Phone may merge with Windows making the Phone part of the OS moot. This was a very short sighted move because no one really knows how MS will progress forward. So what happens if they announce the combining of kernels. Will MUO make a retraction statement? Or just quietly start covering it again? I emphasize quiet, which is how this move should have been handled.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:38 am

      Our Windows 8 content isn't negative. Why would we consistently publish articles bashing one of our main sections?







      Oop, you called us out. We do intentionally publish articles on Windows just so we can't be called an anti-Windows site. Really, please tell me that you're kidding.

      We write non-biased articles. I love Android, and so I write about Android, but when I write for iOS using my iPod I don't spend the whole article bashing it. We have Apple users on staff, but we also have a lot who don't use Apple. Where are you getting these claims from?

      "So if Mac articles were to get the same numbers as the WP article I doubt you guys would make the decision to stop covering OSX. Cutting WP was an easy decision because its Microsoft … you don’t have to agree, this is just my interpretation."

      You're saying the same thing you already said! If Mac articles were to drop, we would consider dropping it because not many people are reading it, the exact same deal as with WP here! What are you not understanding? Also, your claim is just wrong. Why would we weigh an OS any differently just because Microsoft publishes it? You're being petty and it sounds like you have a big bias.

      This article was not stupid. Yes, the way we went about it may have not been the best, but I wrote real content after real usage of the platform. I could have written this like "Five Cool Windows Phone Features You Might Have Missed" and it would have been completely ignored by everyone, just like every other one of our WP articles. But since I wrote it in a different tone and it coincided with the cut, everyone is pissed off. What's the big deal?

      What do you mean EVEN I acknowledge that WP "may" merge with Windows? It's a known fact at this point; I simply stated that it was coming. How does this invalidate the article in any way? We made the decision and I wrote this piece before the announcement. I couldn't control that.

      Thanks for the expert advice. I'll ask you next time I need some.

    • Yg Y
      September 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Remember I've been here for a while.


      Then there are the countless other articles that aren't even remotely related to MS and the writers take shots.

      Again don't get so defensive, i'm talking in general about this site and it's writers not so much yourself.

      It's frustrating reading an Ubuntu article and then reading how bad Windows is for example. It happens allot.

      And while there are rumblings no one knows how the transition will be or if MS will simply merge RT into WP and then have x86 separate or just have one OS with a phone app. So if that happens you will likely have to restart covering whatever phone MS has as it will be part of the OS, once again making this article pointless. Unless you (MUO) will refuse to mention the phone part of the new Windows

      I do commend you for actually knowing how to use a WP unlike the editors at Engadget/Verge/CNET...

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      I'll point out that three of those four articles you mentioned are tagged [Opinion], which means something as compared to our regular pieces.

      I'm about done with this conversation otherwise. I'm sorry you're so upset.

    • Yg Y
      September 26, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      I'm actually not upset. Thanks for actually replying even though we disagree. This was my go to site for Windows 8 hence which i've read almost every article including ones on other OSs and most were negatively tinted but that's neither here nor there. I will simply put that i think it's ridiculous to stop posting about WP only to begin posting again when the Phone merges into the PC OS (which you have to do if you continue to post about Windows, again this is why i said it's a stupid decision). Seems shortsighted and not anything I've seen before on this site. That is all.

    • Ben S
      September 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      I appreciate you being civil, too. Thanks for carrying on a conversation.

      If I didn't say this to you, I did want to make clear: I wrote this before MS announced that Windows Phone was going to be changed to Windows. That happened after I submitted this but before it went out, which added more complication into this. It wasn't meant to be "We're not covering Windows Phone, technically..." or anything like that.

      I apologize for that confusion, and thank you once again. No hard feelings.

    • Yg Y
      September 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks, the article makes total sense now. I hope you give the new WP 9 a try when it comes out in a few months and pitch that idea to your bosses. I have a feeling that the merger will cause more confusion and MUO will make one of their famous guides for it. I look forward to that. I can't see this site not covering that. Good luck man and hopefully you don't go through this again. lol

  106. Henry R. Heilman
    September 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    This is an Aprils fools kinda situation right, you are not actually considering not writing about windows Phones.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Henry, I wouldn't have gone to all this trouble for a joke. WP has been poor in interest on our site, so we're stopping it. Simple as that. If people were interested, we would keep it.

  107. Yg Y
    September 24, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    As a fan of this site for years and a Windows Phone user since 2010 I just unsubscribed from the emails and won't be coming back.

    Why would I? If anything else isn't as popular you will abandon that too. Not to mention that this is picking on WP since there are many many things no one cares about and articles that barely if ever get comments and I've never seen an announce that you are closing a topic and I've been here since 2008!!!!!

    Let's be fair now and CLOSE ALL LOW VIEWED/COMMENTED ON TOPICS on this site. Otherwise this is just an attempt to bash WP.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks for being a fair-weather fan.

      Did it ever occur to you that we are a business and have to stay current? We don't spend hours and hours researching, understanding, writing, creating images, and editing just because we have nothing else to do. We love to do it, but it takes time and we have to spend our time where it's worth it. If other topics fell out of popularity (in our reader interaction) we would stop them too, because IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE TO COVER STUFF NOBODY CARES ABOUT!

      If we were covering AOL in the early 2000's and the high-speed era hit, we would have dropped the AOL stuff. It just makes sense.

      This is not bashing WP. Did you even read my article? I said things I LIKE about it.

      There's clearly no reasoning with you, though, so I'm done responding to this.

    • Yg Y
      September 24, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Ben, I read the entire article and it is written in a way that seem satirical so I didn't realize you were serious until the end.

      I understand the logistics..but tell me this.. Why even make the announcement? I've never seen anything like this on this site in all my years here. Please tell me when have you ever announced ending a topic?

      You don't have to continue to write WP articles if no one cares about them here. But why not just stop the coverage and no one would notice, since you clearly say that it gets low views/notice. That would have been the best way to go about it.

      But no, you took this route that was made as click-bait. This was an unnecessary article. So now I want to see a Goodbye article FOR EVERYTHING that you stop writing about....otherwise my assertion that you are picking on WP is correct... I hope you see this and respond.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:12 pm

      It wasn't meant to be satirical. I got my WP, was told we were cutting it, and wanted to both write on it and see it off. Thus this hybrid was born.

      Why make an announcement? I don't know, honestly. I wrote the article to coincidence with us cutting it and the editors were fine with it. Hence it was published.

      This was not made for clickbait. I don't know how else to say it. I wanted to show non-WP users what was good about the platform and pique interest in it. Clickbait is junk with a title that draws you in and provides little or no content in its body. That's not this.

      We rarely cut topics, and I'm not the one to write "Goodbye" articles at any time. We'll decide if we do that when it comes.

  108. Timothy C. Morales
    September 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I think this the most traffic Mukeuseof ever had, stupid click bait articles, sites like theses should burn in hell.

    • Justin P
      September 24, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      It's by far the most traffic a Windows Phone article has ever had for the site, but it was never intended as click bait. It's just that Ben, who wrote the article, bought a Windows Phone for the specific purpose of reviewing software for our site one week before I requested writers stop covering it due to lack of reader interest. I feel bad for the guy, to be honest. He was just trying to say bye to a platform he was excited to write about.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Timothy, you wish. We've had far more traffic than this on our usual, technical pieces, and it was with constructive readers, not like this muck.

      This isn't a clickbait article. It was written for our usual readers; you saw the title that MUO is dropping WP; what the heck did you expect?

      Sites like these should burn in hell? Wow. Sorry for putting out content to help you get more out of technology. I didn't know that was so offensive. Go back to kitten GIFs on BuzzFeed.

  109. Brian P. McLennan
    September 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Hey Ben F#@$ing Stegner news isn't a popularity show. What a shit show Makeuseof is I am never coming back here again.

    • Ian N. Borquez
      September 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I think you mean a popularity contest and what the heck is a popularity show. Weird users makeuseof has but that serves them right.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      Hey Brian,

      This isn't news, it's not about popularity, and you're an idiot. With an attitude like yours I don't really want you commenting on my article anyway. Let's talk in person and you can call me that.

      We're a shit show because of one article? Did you even read this? Why are you upset? Care to actually comment constructively instead of shoving your head up where it doesn't belong?

      @Ian, serves us right for what? Making business decisions based on current trends? Yes, I'd say that definitely deserves being called your name with the F-word in the middle.

      Really sorry that you guys were held at gunpoint and forced to read this!

  110. B Johnson
    September 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I love my Icon on Verizon. Some of the very features you list, such as battery saver, are the life line to my day long productivity. I suppose that the Windows phone was never the hipster, or counter culture icon that iOS or Android phones are, and hence why it didn't receive many clicks. Or the fact that the apps are often unfinished subsets of their iOS and Android cousins. But, what Windows phone did well, it did very well, something most phone manufacturers often don't come close to, consistently. Perhaps that's the real issue; in the quest for perfection, Microsoft blazed right past good enough, where you'll find Android and iOS.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts on WP, which is what I was hoping for in the comments of this article. You summed it up well!

  111. Saturday S
    September 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Makeuseof: it's all a popularity contest.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      Are you kidding me? We cover Linux, which is not a "popular" OS. We covered Windows Phone, a totally unpopular OS (in general), for years. It's not about popularity; if we're wasting time, money, and energy on WP articles because nobody reads them, it makes sense to cut it.

      Thanks for being unhelpful, though.

    • Saturday S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      lol, I thought MUO articles were written and distributed because of geeky passion, but there's my naivety showing again. My girlfriend is an avid WP user and she's read some articles, though being referred to as "nobody" will likely make MUO's cut decision feel pretty mutual.

      Now I'm curious about how Ubuntu or Mint stocks up in popularity against the WP. I wonder what other distributions have been blacklisted because the information isn't "worthwhile". It has nothing to do with me how MUO curates, but it's interesting as this is the first time I've seen an announcement about a topic being marked as non-newsworthy. I guess WP was popular enough to make it worthwhile to put out a warning that WP will soon be demoted as too unpopular for the MUO clique of topics.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Your attitude is helpful, so I do appreicate that.

      I don't know what else to say to you. We are geeks and love explaining things, but we have to react to what's happening in the world and on our site. That's what's happening here, and I'm sick of explaining myself.

      Go look at some of our WP articles and some Linux articles and see which have more shares and comments. Or do your own research on it.

      Nobody is a relative term. If you're so upset over this small deal, then I'm sorry for you but there's nothing else I can do. I've responded to over 100 comments with unwarranted anger and I'm tired.

  112. Geoff G
    September 24, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Lame. I really want a windows phone but have a lot of $ into stupid iOS... it would hurt to switch. Plus wife would be mad if i couldnt send her emoji's lol. Well.. if you have an Lumia Icons around - I will gladly take it off your hands!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      I understand being rooted into a particular ecosystem.

      Look for one online, maybe on eBay; you could get a good deal!

  113. Clay
    September 24, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Thank God! Another iphone/android lemming that won't show up in my news reader! It's funny how samsung had the exact specs of the current iphone 6 back in 2012. Demonstrates just how stupid iphone users are. the buy the latest iphone for any reason. i'd love next year if they put year old technology in it and advertised it ss such i bet they would sell 20 million.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Clay, this isn't really on-topic but thanks for your comment.

  114. Rene G
    September 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    You're just kidding, right..?

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      No, Rene. I'm not kidding; we are stopping the section. As interest in our WP articles has been poor we've decided to do so. All of these hateful comments are unwarranted.

  115. Kay F
    September 24, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I really like my Windows Phone, and I would recommend to try it for a month before saying something bad about it. So I would really appreciate it, if you keep your section updated.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm


      Did you even read the article? I had my Windows phone for about a month before writing this, and I wrote good things about it in this piece. I bought it specifically to write about, and then the stopping of the section was announced to me.

      Our section is "updated" - we've been covering WP, with WP 8.1, for months now. I don't understand your comment- we're been seeing these trends for a while and had to make a decision. We've been using WP far longer than one month.

    • Kay F
      September 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

      Hello Ben,

      sorry that I didn´t take the time to write my comment correctly. It wasn´t meant for you Ben, it was meant for all those that just comment something bad, because they´re happy with whatever they use and are happy that Microsoft is loosing ground.

      I really liked your article, since it pointed out some of the strong arguments to buy a Windows Phone. I think there are a lot of potential targets for the WP but I could agree that those are mainly not your readers.

      Kind regards

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for explaining yourself. I apologize for being upset.

  116. achim
    September 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Well then: Godd Bye muo - was fun reading your articles as long as you wrote about Windows Phone. Too bad these times are over now :-(

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Do you really have to say goodbye to us just because we're stopping one section? Is that all you read of ours? Other articles aren't good if WP isn't there?

  117. Christian C
    September 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    As the writer of the vast majority of Windows Phone posts on MUO, a WP7 guide and the best of apps list, I just want to add something here:

    MakeUseOf has made a tough decision to close the Windows Phone section. This doesn't mean that there will be no more Windows Phone articles at all, ever. I'm sure that if the opportunity arises (likely as MS seems intent on merging OSes and we're already seeing a rebrand of Windows Phone to just Windows) then we'll be including it again, but in smaller doses and probably as part of a wider article or feature.

    Existing Windows Phone articles will still be available to read.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks, Christian. I can't believe how this blew up.

  118. utkarsh
    September 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    And I say goodbye to MakeUseOf

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      I don't know why you're so upset over this - care to explain?

      If you've just jumped to conclusions, I'm sorry, but go in peace.

  119. Alan
    September 24, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Sad news, it's sites like MakeUseOf that help promote the truth through honest and diligent reviews about the devices we consumers have to choose from in today's market. I honestly love my WP, despite having owned all of the other platforms. Question though, will makeUseOf jump back on the bandwagon if WP becomes a stronger competitor in the mobile device market?

    • Justin P
      September 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

      We'll jump back on the bandwagon if enough readers show a consistent interest in reading WP articles – without question.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Yes, Alan, I echo Justin. We want to cover what people want to see, hence this decision. I don't dislike WP at all - quite the opposite if you read the article.

      Thanks for your comment!

  120. Oswaldo
    September 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Too bad MUO is dropping coverage of Windows Phone (or whatever name Microsoft comes up with), just when they're rethinking the platform as part of Windows...

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      As I mentioned in other threads, this change was announced in between my writing this piece and it going live. I apologize for this confusion.

  121. John
    September 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Care to explain your metrics about the "interest about you across the Web has been sharply decreasing"? Right now it seems that you guys are getting your daily doses of news from Slashdot or Hacker News, the absolute references in objectivity when it comes to MS (pardon, M$)-related news.

    No wonder that you went and concluded that "our own Windows Phone section has mirrored this"...

    That's bad but hey -- perhaps in not so distant future you will personally take the pleasure to write another article about being wrong about killing off WP section. Who knows?

    • Justin P
      September 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      We have a lot of articles about Windows Phone on our site. If interest in Windows Phone picks up, we'll notice those are getting more traffic and will ramp up the Windows Phone articles again. Certain writers on staff will be thrilled – Ben, who wrote this piece, among them. He bought himself a Windows Phone specifically to write articles about the platform one week before I requested authors stop writing WP articles...

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      John, what more metrics do we need? We can see how many people read each section, and if people aren't reading WP there's less of a demand for it.

      It was NOT my decision to kill the WP section, but if it does see a resurgence (like the amount of comments this article got) I'll personally write it a welcome back letter and let you know. Sound good?

  122. mike
    September 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Its sad I a cell phone or news website decides what is news. I will not be returning to your website. Sorry but in support websites that write articles about the news. Author you may want to look up SEO and how words bring tragic to your website. Dropping windows phone will not help you get more traffic. Good luck to competing with all the other websites that only talk about ifruit.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:51 pm


      It's sad we have such ignorant people commenting on this article. We don't decide what is news, and this isn't even tagged as a news article. We've reacted to our users; simple as that.

      We write about news every day; see Dave's Tech News Digest post, posted daily. You probably haven't done so, even though it's on the front page, as you just jumped to conclusions and wanted to post a rude comment.

      You think I'm in charge of SEO for my own articles? I can't help that Cortana picked up this piece in its News app. Never could have predicted it.

      We only talk about iFruit, huh? Thanks for ignoring our coverage on Linux, Windows, Android, Security, Future Tech, Smart Home...

      Please do your research before commenting next time.

    • Mike
      September 25, 2014 at 1:25 am

      I will look at your website in the next few days some more. I do hope you reconcider your decision. As for SEO any website would want words. Words give you better listings online. The lack of a group of words wont help much.

      As for you were told to drop windows phone, simple ... Windows phone is being replaced by just Windows. So you can write all about it under its new marketing name Windows. :D I was wondering while I read it if that was what was going on but the comments show that you are dropping it seriously. Many changes are coming out in the next 12 months and the future of this platform.

      Again back to SEO a quick help code you could add to your page next round if you don't want to be indexed is "" Hope this helps.

    • Mike
      September 25, 2014 at 1:29 am

      I cant post the html code but do a quick search for the words"index nofollow Stack Overflow" will bring you to the place for some help on how to stop SEO on future negative articles.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Thanks for your help with the link, and for giving us a second chance. You won't be disappointed.

  123. Meidimi S
    September 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

    This has been an interesting read. I'm sure you didnt see this coming Ben lol. Great article none the less.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Meidimi, I could have never expected this in my wildest dreams. Thanks for your encouragement, and I'm glad you had these comments to enjoy!

  124. Bruce Anderson
    September 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I am waiting for my current android note 2 contract to finish then I plan to get a Windows Phone! It is finally robust enough and the office integration is very tempting. Cortona too as voice control suks on android. Window phone will not die that easily anyway!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      That's cool! I'm glad you're going to try out Windows Phone. I never said it was dead or going to die; I simply said we're ceasing mainstream coverage of it.

  125. Ian
    September 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

    You poor, sad, groveling bunch of fanboys.
    Get over yourselves. We get it, you love your phone and Cortana drove you here. If you stopped foaming at the mouth for a bit, you'll notice that Ben's perspective here is that he liked WP, but no longer has interest in covering it. Just move along and keep your negativity to yourselves - It's no use ranting here! None! It won't do any difference!

    MakeUseOf owes you NO responsibility WHATSOEVER. It's up to them what they cover, not you! All this hate and death and boo-ing is mind-numbingly stupid and childish.

    MakeUseOf, Ben: I commend your effort to apologize to each and every disgruntled commenter here, but I think you can turn a new leaf. I've been following your website for the past few years and have always loved your content.

    Goddamn, people and complaining these days.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you, Ian. This is the best comment I have seen on this thread, and I've been replying to all of them. Thank you for actually taking the time to think critically for a millisecond and understand what's going on.

      I never imagined this would happen. This was not supposed to bash WP at all, and if you think that you either didn't read it or are delusional.

      If the demand for WP articles was high, then we would be glad to cover it. But it isn't and as such we have to do this.

      Thank you.

  126. Robford
    September 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I'm returning my Nokia Lumia 930 today... After 7 days of using it, not impressed at all. Powerful and nice to use in general... But the amount of official apps is very poor indeed. Just cannot compete with Android at all...

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      I'm sorry you didn't like it. Windows Phone isn't for everyone, but it is still a cool platform. Thanks for letting us know your experience!

    September 24, 2014 at 9:58 am

    With click bait titles like this and stupid Articles like this we would hopefully be saying goodbye to soon and that would be great day for the internet, its time scummy websites like this of offline. #DeathtoMakeUseOf

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Wow. I can't believe I'm even going to grace this comment with a response.

      For the tenth time, this title is not meant to be clickbait. If you've never heard of MUO and don't care about us, why do you care about this article? The title explains what's happening; you clicked it and got further explanation. That's not clickbait.

      I'm sorry you think this article is stupid. What else should it have accomplished? Should we have written yet another technical piece on it that nobody responds to for its last hurrah?

      Us being gone wouldn't have much of an effect on the Internet; but thanks for suggesting so. I'm sorry that someone bound you up and forced you to read this content; I can understand why you're so upset and hate our site of people who spend time to make sure you understand technology better.

  128. Breakpoint
    September 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I've tried Windows Phone and Android (never an Apple)and they both were good in their ways(never good enough) so i decided to stick to the "really dead" MeeGo as my first and last love of the mobile phones.
    The article was good and i sure hope that the Windows Phone community does get more active on this site so you'll be covering it again.
    Good luck on your job.(btw i really like MUO and Mark Zuckerberg brought me here :P)

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts. We'll see what happens with Windows Phone in the future; apparently all you have to do is tick a bunch of people off to see the interest for something.

      Glad you like our site! Please stay around.

  129. Usman M
    September 24, 2014 at 9:15 am

    well then you should probably stop writing about macs and linux as well, people don't buy them. I hate your attitude.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      You've completely missed my point. First, people do buy Macs and use Linux (which you don't buy), so you're wrong. Second, the point is that even though OS X and Linux are smaller in market share compared to Windows, they still have dedicated users and those users respond when we write about them on MUO. WP apparently doesn't have users that react to articles, hence us dropping it.

      I'm not a big fan of your attitude, to be frank. Stop jumping to erroneous conclusions and be civil.

  130. me
    September 24, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Lel. Microsoft is killing the Nokia and Windows Phone names.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Unfortunately, this news happened after I had written the article but before it went out. I apologize that it wasn't quite up-to-date.

      We'll have to see what happens with this.

  131. Daniel Trolly
    September 24, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I have read all the comments and i kind of get the point of the article. I feel sorry for the author... But than i saw the picture again which says "in loving memory"?!? Can you explain to me who died exactly and how is that not bashing and/or offending? It is to me. And instead of trying to change the way the articles"sound" so they are more interesting to read your site decides to cut this past of the tech world. (yes, i gave a look at the other articles your site have on WP and they look"dry" and boring to me. None the less i will give you a tip. Go to WPCentral and have a look at how they write articles. They are more personal and tech oriented at the same time. You can learn some interesting info on WP as well ;) i wish you all best of luck with the site (not being sarcastic :) )

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks for understanding. I didn't create the picture; we have someone in charge of graphics and I left them instructions for what I wanted to see for this article's header image. So that's partially my fault. My original idea for the article was a eulogy for WP, but we changed it to a "goodbye, old buddy" tone.

      I don't think the sound of our articles was the problem. We wrote in all different styles and got no response to WP pieces. I tried to make this tech oriented while still being creative (new for me) and we see how it turned out.

      Thanks for constructive criticism. I appreciate it.

  132. Nathan B
    September 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I did get a feeling of you trying to bash it, but then again I feel that you weren't. Never read or heard of this tech blog, but I wish I could have got the chance to try it! At least you tried for Windows Phones unlike many others! Windows Phone will make it to the top dog tier some day, and you guys will come back and hopefully I'll have a chance to try the app! Thanks for the WP publicity though. The more people to learn or see the little things windows phones can do helps our little empire grow bigger every day! Don't forget us, little things started in small places, even garages and are world renown companies now! WP will explode into the phone market soon, and it'll only get better and I see no end in sight for it. Bing started out pretty bad, but continuing to try, it grows everyday and I love it! It just makes me glad to see people who care about Windows Phone, so sorry for the essay! Thanks for everything, new friend!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      Nathan, I apologize that I came off that way. I didn't intend for that at all.

      We'll still be around and would be honored to have you reading our site.

      We gave WP a fair chance. This wasn't a hasty decision; we were reacting to what we saw. I wish WP did better, I do. We'll see what happens in the future.

      Don't apologize for the essay; it was a bright moment in this sea of anger. Thank you for reading and being positive!

  133. Brian
    September 24, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Windows Phone brought me here ????

    Maybe you should reconsider and write more WP articles after all. Seems like you're able to attract an admittedly niche but targeted market!

    • Brian
      September 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

      That was a statement, not a question. Looks like comments don't support emoji... :)

    • Justin P
      September 24, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      If Windows Phone articles could consistently draw as many readers as this piece did, I'd be all for that. I think this is a one-time thing, though...

    • Brian
      September 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      @Justin P:

      MUO was not a source on Bing News until recently, as in the last day or so, as you can see here: .

      I don't know if the site was magically picked up or was submitted as a source ( but that is certainly the reason you have so much traffic to this article. Since Bing News is the primary source for Cortana and the Bing News app, if your articles about WP were consistently being distributed via Bing News, I bet you'd continue to get some WP traffic. Might be worth experimenting.

      Targeted channels!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      @Brian yes, a ton of people came here via Bing News/Cortana.

      I had no idea that Cortana was going to spread this, as we've clearly never had this much interest in WP articles until the angry mob showed up.

      Thanks for your links and being constructive!

  134. Bayzid
    September 24, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Wow... This article brought out the "Windows Tribe" in full force. The idiots don't seem to understand that you're not bashing on Windows Phone but simply can't justify paying people to write about Windows phone when there's no return on iinvestment due to the relative low interest of the platform on this site! Judging an entire site based on one article that your beloved "Cortana" found. Idiots.

    This is exactly what I dislike about the current age of "Windows Tribe", "Apple Sheep " and" Android Zombies". The idiotic fan boys think everything is an attack on their "oh so perfect" platform of choice, without even reading the God Damn article.

    As to the article itself, as someone that occasionally uses "WinPhone" I'll miss the WP articles but from a business perspective it makes sense to cull topics which are not returning any investment.

    • Usman M
      September 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

      MUO has never given WP that much of interest as a proper site like WPCentral. its the most viewed site of the mobile nations network, atleast their forums speak of it. What is ironic is that MUO keeps pumping out article after article about macs and linux even when Windows is better for the average user. I don't remember reading a quality article about WP on MUO anytime. WPC gives credit to other OSs where due, this attitude of sites (like we see here) may result in death of a great platform. Its not great for you maybe, but its best for me.

    • Justin P
      September 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

      We've been consistently publishing Windows phone articles for years, and they barely drew any traffic. I've no idea why this article is the only one that got much attention, but that's what happened.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      @Bayzid That appears to be the case here. Thanks for recognizing that I wasn't intending to be malicious with this piece.

      @Usman, I don't know what MUO you've been reading but we cover all of those with regularity. Justin linked to our WP coverage and you can see a ton of WP pieces, all with varying interests and skill levels.

      "article after article about Mac and Linux"

      We publish articles about Windows, OS X, and Linux regularly. Finally, it's not my attitude that's killing WP (if it is being killed), it's the consumer interest that means nobody is here to read about WP.

  135. firesilverblade
    September 24, 2014 at 4:55 am

    I found this site by Cortana. I really don't see why these people care if one tech site say good bye to window phone. There will be others and stop bothering this guy and yes I'm rocking on my Nokia 1520. So don't hate this site just click off of it and go on are merry way. ????

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Again, I apologize for the whole Cortana thing.

      I feel the same way: why are people who don't even know about our site care if we drop WP? This was never meant to be a massive public statement, and judging our site off one article is just wrong.

  136. Ben
    September 24, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Hi Ben,

    I just wanted to start with that because I have the same name and last name initial. Anywho, as someone who deeply loves Windows Phone and desires it to succeed, I can tell you why people are so annoyed at your "fringe" article:

    We love Windows Phone and want more people to know how good it is.

    While I appreciate the focus on the positives of Windows Phone, the general tone of the article basically says "You weren't good enough." And that's truly frustrating to see, especially when you're trying to show people the benefits of the OS.

    Basically to highlight the "great" part of the OS and then chalk them up as unwanted or people just don't care is hurtful. Not like you bashed our moms or something, but you have to realize it feels like an attack.

    Anyway, I'm glad that you found a lot of things to like about Windows Phone. You even use features that I don't. I do appreciate the coverage, sorta, but wish it was more clearly positive than apologetic. I hope this is constructive and helpful in some way and helps to balance out the hate from others.

    One last thought, I think Windows Phone users are all a little afraid of our beloved OS going away or dying. Articles like this stoke that fear, eliciting a strong reaction. Not healthy, or appropriate, but understandable.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      @Ben I only had the "you weren't good enough" tone (which was not intentional) because for our site, we've determined that it wasn't, basically. If we had had participation this huge on any past WP articles, you wouldn't be reading this article right now. I'm simply reacting to our trends.

  137. AMRooke
    September 24, 2014 at 3:58 am

    This was my first visit to this site, and with articles that bash WP like this, it will certainly be my last visit. There are 3 things that are hurting WP ability to expand in the marketplace:
    1) US carrier exclusives and related carrier indifference to the platform. I have walked into multiple stores and asked about WP, only to be pushed towards other platforms, not because the sales staff felt there were any problems, but because they hadn't received any training on the superior features and capabilities.
    2) Microsoft inability to develop a marketing scheme that makes the WP cool. People don't buy iPhones because they're the best at everything (they're not), they buy iPhones because they're "cool". This is a tough nut to crack, as much of the cool factor is rooted in who is using them (low market penetration makes this difficult, almost impossible with MS track record of understanding the hip crowd).
    3) Negative articles about the platform, just like this one. They serve no actual purpose, other than to try and kill the platform. Who benefits? Nobody. Goodbye.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      AMRooke, thanks for making a blanket judgment on our site based on one article.

      Did you even read what I said? When did I bash Windows Phone in this article? I pointed out things that I like about it and linked to our other coverage on it. How was I in any way hurtful to the platform?

      #1 and #2 have absolutely no relevance to your comment, so I'll respond to #3:

      No, you're actually backwards. This is NOT a negative article. I wrote this as a sad goodbye to an old friend, not a mockery. This serves a purpose: it lets our users who haven't tried WP know that they're missing out on a good phone OS, and that we're not covering it anymore due to lack of interest.

      We benefit because we don't have to waste time on articles people clearly aren't reading, and readers benefit because they get more content that they apparently do like.

      You, however, clearly don't understand any of this, since you just read the headline and jumped to conclusions. Thanks for your time.

    • dragonmouth
      September 24, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      "There are 3 things that are hurting WP ability to expand in the marketplace:"
      No, there is only one thing - too little, too late by M$.

      If you are so thin-skinned and shallow so as not to see the intent of the article, then Good Bye and good riddance.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 2:26 am

      Thank you for backing me up, dragonmouth. It means a lot.

  138. Matt
    September 24, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Cute write...iPhone soccer moms and android zombies everywhere applaud you. WP will break through in market share, and total users. I have developed for all three of the big platforms, and WP is the in my opinion the best. The platform is user friendly, does practically everything big brother and big sister does. Not a matter of if but when. I personally will continue being productive on my WP8.1 and wearing my Movado watch, not shedding it for a chintzy iwatch/galaxy gear (how queer) I think back at the iPhone launch in 2008 and droid in mid 2000's. Then I think of all of Microsoft successes, with the launch of windows 98, windows xp, are we forgetting the domination in gaming with a cute little gaming consol...what was it called again.......oh yes, XBOX. Minecraft, Skype, Nokia, Server solutions domination, office, I can go on and bore you but I wont. A staggering majority of users worldwide still connect to the internet with Internet EXPLORER. Point is, given enough time...Microsoft will succeed! They always do. Better marketing, low end cost affordable phones, and they will succeed. Don't count the largest software company in the world out. Remember .... Microsoft has deep pockets!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:45 am

      Again, I'll say the same thing to you as I said to the other ten commenters who jumped to conclusions: I DID NOT WRITE THIS TO MOCK, MAKE FUN OF, OR BASH WINDOWS PHONE.

      As a newcomer to the platform I wanted to cover what I like about it. I'm a tech writer, man. Relax, I'm on your side. I want to bring out the good in every platform.

      That's your opinion on market share. I don't think it will happen, but nobody can predict the future.

      I'm not even going to go into your last paragraph. What does the iPhone launch and Android's start have to do with anything? The Xbox and WP are totally unrelated. Microsoft can fail in one area and succeed in another.

      I'm not saying I want them to. We have to react to trends, and we are. Simple as that. I'm sorry you got so worked up over this.

    • Usman M
      September 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Ben, I personally think that MUO has failed as a tech site by doing this. you purpose should be to promote the spread of technology and let people decide whats best for them. Your article may be as un-biased as possible, but don't you think articles like this will push people away from the platform? effectively killing it. Seriously all I see on this site is how to replace Windows with android, iOS chromebooks, linux. this site has called it upon itself to dump Windows. I really have no idea why.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      @Usman M No, I wouldn't say we have. We have consistently put out WP articles to almost no response. Wouldn't failing be continuing to spend time on pieces nobody cares about? I don't think this article will push anyone away from the platform; I wrote it to show people that there's good in the platform.

      If that's all you see on our site, I don't know where you've been looking. We write from all sorts of angles; I just wrote an article for Windows newcomers last month. We may write on alternate OSes, but Windows is a backbone of the site. We haven't dumped on Windows at all.

  139. B D
    September 24, 2014 at 2:43 am

    I am a WP user and I find it a breeze to use. Clean interface, nifty OS, Cortana, direct link to ONE-Drive and enough good apps to do what any NORMAL person wants to accomplish.

    Your smug snarky article diminishes everything you propose you have stood for. Android and iOS are best left to the hipsters. We WP users are about the OS not the multitude of ever increasingly USELESS APPS. Sooo ...go ahead and cover the Butter-Fingers OS in Android phones...oops...sorry ...err's Kit-Kat ...isn't it? Sorry . And no we WP users don't line up overnight to buy a damned phone ....we ...well...we have lives .

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:39 am

      Did I ever say anything to the contrary in this article? I am an Android user and I was pleasantly surprised by Windows Phone. I wrote this to point out all that I enjoyed about the platform. I like the interface and I specifically mentioned the OneDrive integration - why are you acting as if I mocked these things?

      You've completely misread the tone of this article, I'm afraid. I wrote it as a loving goodbye to a friend, not a snarky way to make fun of WP. Android and iOS to the hipsters, are you serious? The two OSes make up something like 90% of the mobile market.

      Making fun of Android version names is constructive, thanks for that!. It's completely irrelevant if anyone lines up to buy a phone. That's something iPhone users are known for, not Android, and just because you do that doesn't mean you don't have a life.

      You've misread this article and drawn irrelevant conclusions. I'm sorry you're so upset.

    • dragonmouth
      September 24, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      "I’m sorry you’re so upset."
      Don't be, Ben. There is no need to apologize. The WP fanbois can't take a joke. They have absolutely no sense of humor. Unless the comments are totally ecstatic about WP, according to them, the poster "hates" it and is a complete moron. It's not you or your article, Ben. It is THEM and their paranoid mindset.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:09 am

      Thanks, dragonmouth.

  140. Brett
    September 24, 2014 at 1:39 am

    As a windows phone user, I'm also breaking up with them.
    "I'm sorry Win, ... it's not you, it's me... the little quirks in your apps aren't "cute" anymore, they're annoying. So, after 2 years.. we gave it a good shot, but it's not working. I'm sorry."

    It's funny that a well written piece (verging on "polite" ) about the positives of Windows phone, attracts such a large collection of uppity, offended, YouTube-esque trolls!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 1:45 am

      Are you saying you're breaking up with MUO, or Windows Phone?

      I'm saddened by the comments here. There's been a big misunderstanding. This article was not meant to be clickbait or bash Windows Phone. I was simply offering my thoughts on what makes WP a good platform in a creative way while also seeing the topic off. I don't know why everyone is so upset.

    • Brett
      September 24, 2014 at 2:07 am

      "I'm Sorry WIN..." - You missed the "Win" as in a pet name for my Windows phone. Hopefully in December, I'll be "Footloose and Win-phone FREE!" Though I might need some direction on what to get next, so I'll make use of MUO! ;-)

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:36 am

      Ah, forgive me for that! Of course, I'd recommend Android, but a lot of new phones will be out by then. Stay tuned for more on that! : )

      Thanks for being understanding!

  141. Dave
    September 24, 2014 at 12:51 am

    What does 'MakeUseof' do?

    • Dave
      September 24, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Nevermind. It doesn't matter

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 1:44 am

      I'm sorry Dave, I thought you were being malicious.

      MakeUseOf is a tech site, with all kinds of helpful tutorials and information about the latest tech. You'll find app reviews, how-to's, cool websites, news, and giveaways. This post is a lot different than how I usually write, so I invite you to have a look around!

  142. KT
    September 23, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I loved the "dear John" flavor of the article! I can't wait for a similar themed story about the Windows pc operating system...stay tuned, lol.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:34 am

      I wrote it that way intentionally, as I am normally an Android user and wanted to write about what I liked in the WP platform.

      I won't write another article in this way if I can help it, due to the explosion of this post, but I doubt we'll see an article like this on Windows for a very long time. Windows is widespread and isn't going anywhere for a long time.

    • Usman M
      September 24, 2014 at 9:36 am

      with the amount of force MUO has behind linux, sure it will

    • Maryon Jeane
      September 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      @KT - oh how I wish! Windows has been the bane of my life ever since it put its ugly head above the parapet. Unfortunately, due to my clients using this OS, I've had no choice but to stay with it, and the clunky MS junk - although for my own use I have lots of quirky, often one-off - but all highly useful and usable programs. A Windows phone? With Microsoft's history of blue screens, security holes, snooping, shaky upgrades, lack of backwards compatibility, etc. etc. ad nauseam? You have to be kidding.

  143. Cortana
    September 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Makeuseof is dead!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      You're so funny. Thanks for the constructive comment. By your logic, we were only as good as our Windows Phone section.

  144. hskdbd
    September 23, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Lol... I found this by looking the news on my Windows phone.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:33 am

      Yep, others have said the same thing. It's a shame this is the one that brought you to MUO, but I hope you enjoy some of our other posts.

  145. mtbmike
    September 23, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Yep Cortana brought be here as well never heard of this sight and have been using Windows phone since the second week in October of 2010 so pretty much its entire existence. Started with a Samsung Focus and now typing this on my bad ass Lumia 1520.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:32 am

      As I said to others, I hope you'll stick around beyond this article. I'm glad you like Windows Phone; that's awesome! It's unfortunate that Cortana picked this article to share.

  146. netflocks1
    September 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Ironically, Cortana just introduced me to this website because she recommended this article today. Lol

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:32 am

      I'm sorry this happened, frankly. I have no idea why Cortana added this article to the headlines and not any of our other 100 articles on WP, but I'd ask you to check some of those out. We have lots of great coverage on the platform and I'm sorry that this is how you had to be introduced to MUO.

  147. ByeMakeUseOf
    September 23, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    You might as well get rid of Linux news as well. I will not be visiting this site any longer. Bye! Tina Sieber, Mark O'Neil, Christian Cawley were the only reasons I came to this site because they brought great posts. WPCentral is way to go for Windows Phone news.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:30 am

      Are you kidding me? Linux and WP are completely unrelated. We go by user interaction, not market share. If the WP users of the site were involved and the section did well, you wouldn't have just read a goodbye article. As it is, though, we have to respond to how our sections perform. As WP wasn't up to par, we have no choice but to remove it.

      Christian wrote on Windows Phone all the time; so I don't get your point there.

      Really, nobody else at the site produces great posts? I think you're mistaken.

  148. Dave
    September 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I liked the style of your goodbye letter, its a kind reminder of what WP users have. I'm going to be very intrigued about the traffic your site had today due to this post, my guess is that is going to be much higher than usual, as we know Cortana put it in front of a bunch of us. Maybe one day you'll have a slice of the internet as big as the slice of the smartphone market that WP has, maybe then you will have clicks on posts that are not goodbyes.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:28 am

      Thanks, Dave. This is the first article I've written that was in a creative style instead of a technical, how-to one. I wanted to highlight things that stood out to me when I first started using WP. I can't wait to see the numbers from today either; as Cortana giving this to all WP users was something I did not intend for or predict.

      We're working on it. And I'd say we have a bigger slice of the tech world than WP has the phone world, but that's debatable.

      Of all the Windows Phone articles, this is the one Cortana picked up. Maybe if she had picked one of the other 100 we have, we wouldn't be having an article like this now.

  149. Name
    September 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    The funny things is, Cortana used my Bing News Interest "Windows Phone" to bring me here. I've never used this site before, and probably won't anytime soon. The point is: Windows Phone brought me here... Think about it.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:26 am

      I don't know why Bing News picked this up as a headline. I'm sorry that you're so offended about this. I had no control over what Cortana picks up. Maybe you could read a few articles on Windows Phone or other topics before making a blanket judgment based on an opinion piece?

    • jamie
      September 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      My thought's exactly.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      @Jamie If you're agreeing with Name, join the club. I can't control Cortana; sorry this makes you so upset.

  150. Miles
    September 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Shameless clickbait... I hope in the future Cortana will do a better job steering me away from sites such as this.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:25 am

      As I explained to other comments, this wasn't intended to be clickbait. It was meant to alert our usual readers to a change in the site. I don't understand how it's even clickbait; the headline describes that we're getting rid of the platform and I offered closing thoughts on it in the article. That's honest writing.

      I'm sorry that Cortana brought you here and that this offends you so much, but perhaps if you'd look at some of our other articles you'd see we're much more than an opinion, creative piece on Windows Phone.

  151. ed
    September 23, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    This article actually made me a little interested in the features of WP. Lots of nice features out of the box that Android doesn't have.

    I do like the look of WP and these features are nice. I still enjoy the app selection of Android and the ability to customize it more than WP or iOS better.

    I don't get how commenters are confusing this article to mean that MakeUseOf is going away.

    So even though WP probably has more active users than there are desktop Linux users, I guess there is more interest on MakeUseOf for Linux articles than for WP articles? Would like to know the answer to this.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:22 am

      Thank you, Ed. Your comment is the type I was looking for more of on this piece: I wrote this to raise awareness that WP is a good platform, and as an Android user I found the tips written in here helpful and interesting.

      I don't understand the hate. Why are these people who have never heard of our site ticked off that we're dropping a category?

      I'm not sure of exact numbers on this, but yes, overall we get more comments, views, and activity on Linux articles than Windows Phone, yes.

    • hoho
      September 24, 2014 at 11:03 am

      @ben don't worry, those that came from bing/cortana and attack this article are just blind fanboy. Did they even read the article?
      I also like those feature you mention on my lumia1020, but I do think the OS is getting boring after using it for a year.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      @hoho I didn't know "fanboys" would react like this. If they don't know about us why do they care what we do?

      I hope things look up for you with your Lumia! Windows Phone 9 on the horizon, perhaps?

  152. Dante Harepummel
    September 23, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Yeah this is sad but is the best for Windows Phone

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:20 am

      Thanks for letting others know! I'm sorry to let you down.

  153. art simian
    September 23, 2014 at 8:39 pm has really good Windows Phone coverage.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:20 am

      I'm glad you still have somewhere to go!

    • EllieJuliana85
      October 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Ben S you are so nice for replying to these rude people in such a kind way. Hardly anyone cares about Windows phones, even Windows phone users know this that's why they get so hurt and offended any time some one says anything that they deem to be negative against the platform. So far what I have surmised is that Windows Phone users are a bunch of whiny babies. The platform is ok but when I tried windows phone(briefly for 28 days before going to iPhone) all of the apps felt like bloatware,my Nokia 920 couldn't even connect to the internet or send mms and the camera that everyone bragged about just seemed mediocre. Also my signal dropped every time I moved my phone. I think your article did a good job highlighting some of the great features of windows phone in a funny way. If I had written the article it would have been bad. All bad.

    • Ben S
      October 12, 2014 at 4:14 am

      Thanks for your kind words, Ellie. I appreciate it.

  154. Jim
    September 23, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I found this through the Bing news app. Guess I'll just remove this site from it's sources. And I'll let people know that the site is limited when it comes to tech knowledge. You know, since they're declaring something dead she it really isn't. These kinds of people wouldn't make it in the real tech world.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:19 am

      I'm sorry, but you can't judge our site based on one article. As I've explained to others, I wrote this article as a newcomer to the WP platform (I primarily use Android) and wanted to cover what I liked. We've written plenty of in-depth tip articles on WP and they get poor responses.

      Please check out some of the other articles on the site that aren't written in a creative style. I think you'll like them better.

      Instead of bashing up based on a headline, maybe you could offer some constructive criticism. I never declared Windows Phone dead; I simply said we can't cover it anymore due to lack of interest.

      Please show me where the real tech world is at; I'd love to see it. I'm sure you're an expert.

  155. Sam Park
    September 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Please don't stop-MakeUseOf is my only news source for Windows Phone and my main source for technology and I would be really disappointed if you stopped writing about Windows Phone-I have been following it since WP7.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:17 am

      I'm glad you like the Windows Phone section, Sam. Unfortunately I'm not in control of this , but I know it stinks to see it go.

  156. Charles
    September 23, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Windows Phone Added 130,000 users in the US in June... What are you basing your information on? Europe is doubling down. Asian has seen massive uptake as Vietnam is over 25% Windows Phone. Windows Phone is prominently displayed at the cell phone carrier at the Mall I visited in Singapore. I'm trying to figure out your lackluster tendencies toward anything Microsoft. Age of Empires is unparralleled on any other platform. Halo: Spartan Assault, Skulls of the Shogun? All also available on XBox.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:15 am

      We've decided to cut the section as a site; I wasn't involved in the decision. We've seen the trends of what articles do well and which don't and WP was one that didn't do well.

      I never said Windows Phone is bad or shouldn't be used. But as tech coverers, we have to write on what's hot.

      Our lackluster tendencies towards Microsoft? What are you talking about? We write about Windows all the time, certainly in a favorable light. What do those video games have to do with anything about this article?

  157. RL
    September 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I have to say, I have never heard of makeuseof. I read lots of tech articles and have never come across this site. Looks like a little work on your SEO is due. So, I guess I wont miss the WP articles either.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:13 am

      If you've never read it, how did you find us?

      Why did you feel the need to make a comment just to tell me that you don't like the site based on one fringe article I wrote?

      I invite you to read the other articles I and others have written, as they aren't in this creative style. Maybe you'll find you like us.

  158. Jason
    September 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    That's ok, WPCentral is where I go for all things Windows Phone anyway!

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:12 am

      I'm glad you have somewhere to get that news. Thanks for your support.

  159. Eddy
    September 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    It's your loss really, not Windows Phone's. They have enough coverage from other sources to make up for a relatively unknown blog dropping interest. Cortana actually listed the article for you... Even if it was tongue in cheek and written as clickbait, it sounded way too cynical at the start and end for anyone to take the plaudits you give the OS seriously. Windows Phone has shown huge improvement since 7 and will no doubt continue to do so. More and more people notice and like it, so it will continue to improve. Microsoft's Uservoice actually listens to users and makes changes to address issues and features users want too. Yes, I use a Windows Phone, and it's better than the G2 Android I had. Lumia 1520 FTW

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:12 am

      "Relatively unknown"? We get twelve million visits a month. I wouldn't call that unknown.

      I don't know why Cortana picked up this article, but after all this backlash I wisdh she hadn't. I didn't write this as clickbait. It was meant as an announcement for our regular readers and a final look back at the platform from someone that's new to it.

      I tried to make it creative instead of the technical articles we've been doing 99% of the time, which clearly haven't worked or we wouldn't be reading this article right now.

      If our WP section is doing poorly and we're not getting a good return on it, it's not our loss. I'm sorry you get so upset over this.

  160. Curtis
    September 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Interesting article. Cortana brought it to my attention. Points out some of the great features of Windows Phone, even missed a few.

    You may not cover WP anymore, but I can still go to places like to get news :)

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 3:08 am

      Glad you found something to learn as a user of the platform!

      Thanks for understanding. I appreciate your support.

  161. Adam C
    September 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    This is a sad day. I love MUO and I love Windows Phone. Having them together was a wonderful experience which I will truly miss.

    • Ben S
      September 23, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Thanks for your positive, constructive comment Adam. Hopefully we'll still be able to fit some Windows Phone coverage into articles going forward.

      Thank you for supporting the site regardless!

    • mcheiron
      September 24, 2014 at 1:51 am

      Same here. As I wrote above, I liked your point of view on WP. I hope you can cover still some WP topics. Good luck moving along.

  162. RM
    September 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    So you are going to be covering Windows on phones instead of Windows Phone on phones?

    • Ben S
      September 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      I'm not totally sure. We'll have to see what path Microsoft takes with Windows and how they brand it in the future. The announcement about Microsoft killing the "Windows Phone" name was made after I had written this, unfortunately.

  163. Mark
    September 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Fine. With coverage like this you won't be missed. Articles like this do nothing to help a community of users. Make sure it is clear you are reserving your space for something else, not that the general public should do the same. Rather, why not let readers know that they are in fact missing out on a truly different phone experience. We know why. Because like my arrival on the site, you will get more hits with an incendiary title. It is best you hang it up after all.

    • Ben S
      September 23, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      I don't understand why you're so mad. "With coverage like this?" What's so wrong about this coverage? Our response to Windows Phone has been poor and so we've decided to move on.

      This article did exactly what you describe! As a newcomer to Windows Phone, I pointed out features of the OS that I like; not make fun of it or bash it.

      I never expected this article to reach the search engine traffic that it did.

  164. Jojo
    September 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Meh, there are several other websites that do a much better job of covering Windows Phone.

    Your site will not be missed.

    • Ben S
      September 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      The site isn't going anywhere; only our coverage on Windows Phone is.

    • dragonmouth
      September 23, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      No great loss. Windows Phone never was anything but a "me too, Johnny-come-lately" attempt by M$. Whoever at Microsoft thought that Windows Phone could overcome the lead iPhone and Android have, should be fired.

    • mcheiron
      September 24, 2014 at 1:48 am

      I actually liked the WP coverage here and came over several times a day. Well, not anymore. Too bad. I will check back in from time to time. But I guess, not too many WP users are.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      @Mcheiron apparently nobody cared about WP until it was gone. I don't know why Coratana didn't share some of our Windows Phone stuff before now; it would have helped.

    • Korfuntu
      September 25, 2014 at 12:12 am

      It appears that you've never sampled what Windows Phone has to offer in any depth, or you never would have called it a 'me too' device. The user experience is very unlike the iPhone or Android device, it integrates better with the Windows PC's I already own, and Microsoft is working to create a single development platform that will allow creation of apps that run on PC's, tablets and phones, instead of two different operating platforms.

      There is no denying that Microsoft has an uphill slog. Their biggest problem is the sales personnel in the carrier stores, who want to push iPhones and Android devices because that is what THEY own. Now that Microsoft is opening its own retail stores, it can control the message to a greater extent, and potential customers can do some real comparison shopping.

      And as far as the 'Johnny-come-lately' comment, don't forget that there was a time when Netscape was the king of browsers. Microsoft jumped into that challenge with both feet, and became the most widely used browser of all. Where is Netscape? Gone. Will Microsoft destroy Apple and/or Google's Android. No, of course not. But there is plenty of room for a third phone operating system.

      Apple fans need to remember that not everyone in the rest of the world has the money to buy expensive devices. Google's Android One handset in India and Microsoft/Nokia's less expensive devices may find a willing marketplace in the emerging markets.

      It may well turn out that most of the new iPhone 6 handsets sold were upgrades for existing owners, not sales to new owners. And that may be more than enough for Apple to haul in new piles of cash, but it won't necessarily increase its market share.

      Just as tablet sales are beginning to plateau, with just about anyone who wants one already owning one, maybe smartphone owners will be reluctant to spring for new devices as often as the vendors hope. Time with tell.

    • jbrown9100
      October 21, 2014 at 3:03 am

      I always find it interesting when folks reference Microsoft, Apple (aka iPhone) and Google (aka Android) in conversation and the use M"$" like Microsoft is the giant money hungry monster of the bunch.

  165. FB_Addict
    September 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    sarcasm at best. I love how your scripted writing on letting non-Windows Phone users know that they are missing out. So yes, goodbye Windows Phone, and say hello to Windows or whatever Microsoft decided to call the next OS is. Till then, I hope they will come out with the next flagship Windows Phone(1030 or Surface Phone, or whatever the new name will be).

    • Ben S
      September 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Just because I wrote in a different style than usual doesn't mean it's sarcasm. I structured the article creatively instead of technically to appeal to non and casual users. Is that a bad thing?

    • Rewire
      September 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      I've never heard of this site in my 20 some years of reading tech sites and probably won't hear of it again either. The irony is that while this site is abandoning Windows due to low market share, the site itself is even less known. It took an article about windows phone, to be noticed by Cortana on my windows phone, to actually get you more exposure.

    • Rewire
      September 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Did anyone else find this site through Bing news or Cortana?

    • Saahil
      September 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Yes I too was redirected by Cortana. (Okay Bing news app but both rely on the same engine eh). Maybe they should say goodbye to you too.(just kidding-it's not your fault that you are abandoning Windows Phone it's destiny's????)

    • Richard
      September 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm

      Found your article thanks to Cortana(Bing news topic WINDOWS PHONE). Too many goodies and uniqueness on the platform, and more coming, not ready to say goodbye to my lumia 1520.

    • Ben S
      September 23, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Everyone in this thread, I never expected Bing News or Cortana to pick this up. I don't know why you're so upset, but please know this article was meant mainly for our readers, and won't make much sense to random Web traffic. I don't have anything against Windows Phone.

    • Bruce E
      September 24, 2014 at 6:03 am

      @Rewire, the section is not being abandoned due to low market share, it is being dropped because readers aren't coming here to read and interact on the WP articles. Until this "goodbye letter," Windows Phone users apparently were not interested in anything on the site. Now that the decision has been made to have our writers concentrate on areas where readers are showing an interest instead, WP users are pissed that their previous lack of support for the section had this effect.

      It doesn't help that Bing/Cortana never picked up on any of the hundreds of other Windows Phone articles, guides and tutorials that have been published here over the years, but suddenly put Ben's goodbye letter at the top of the list.

      Based on many of the other comments that the Windows Phone-atics have posted here, it looks like many of them read the headline and immediately scrolled to the comments without reading the article. That doesn't help the situation either.

  166. rizarsurf
    September 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Okay, let's move on. Next!

    • Ben S
      September 23, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Guess you won't be shedding any tears over the loss!

    • BelowAOut
      September 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      He(and I) won't be shedding any tears over this site for sure.

    • Ben S
      September 23, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      If you came here from Cortana or Bing news, I apologize. This announcement/article was more meant for our daily readers who follow the section, not search engine traffic.

    • jake
      September 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      i recently switched from IOS iphone 4s to WP and am really enjoying it. Its a shame the outlook is so dim. I really like the experience and would love to see it develop. I did find you by a bing search but thats ok. Its a sad read as I have been so excited and sharing all the cool features with all my IOS friends for weeks now.

    • Ben S
      September 24, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      Jake, I'm glad you like Windows Phone! I hope you stick with us through this transition; we have plenty of WP articles from the recent past to check out!

    • chiamaka. f.
      September 25, 2014 at 7:22 am

      I used a windows phone and. Loved my experience with one of the models. May be a little Improvement In some areas. and some good hype will save it.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      I'm glad you liked it. We'll have to see what happens.

    • Ben
      September 25, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      @Ben S I don't understand why are you leaving when Windows Phone is 10% marketshare in the UK and I have seen lots of people with it in Colchester every where I go and even my college. since your article is based here. When Windows Threshold for phone comes you better cover it, because its going to disrupt the market, I just know. When windows phone hits its peak of popularity you will be running back to writing windows phone articles, by 2015 its time to say Hello to the new "Windows" phone. BTW I live in Colchester, Born in the capital, LDN.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm

      @Ben I don't know why you didn't start a new comment thread, but regardless:

      I explained this to 100 other people on this page. Please go read one of those. It's not about market share, it's about how many people interact with our articles in the section. I'm sorry you're upset but this wasn't my choice.

    • Ben
      September 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      BY 2015, if you don't come back to covering Microsoft mobile platform when threshold arrives, I will clamp you and I will set up a petition for MakeUseOf CEO to change his mindset and start creating Windows phone articles again where the windows phone community can sign all over the world, plus this website needs some advertisement, that's why people call it an unknown tech blog website. I have been reading your blogs since 2013, I didn't know you were based in this small town in the UK Colchester until now. I wont read your mobile blogs anymore until you come back to produce windows phone articles. I love your articles though, I only read your PC articles here not Android or iOS shoved on my face. For once this site is not biased as before with windows phone, I used to hate this website until now. Its a shame to leave windows phone hanging, I hope you comeback with windows phones articles next year.

    • Ben S
      September 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Are you bipolar? What's your problem? You claim you'll start a petition against this website; seriously? What do we owe you? Why are you so upset?

      You're that fickle that you won't read us since we're cutting WP even though you've been reading for a while? You used to hate use but you're now reading us? I'm really confused here.