Windows-phone meaning

Microsoft's second smartphone platform. Superseding Windows Mobile, Windows Phone was introduced in 2010. Although Windows smartphones were innovative and much loved, they faced huge competition with iPhones and Androids. In addition, BlackBerrys had also been around for more than a decade. Even with Microsoft's clout, another smartphone platform was obviously too much for the user community. In 2017, Microsoft announced end of life for Windows Phone (by then renamed Windows 10 Mobile) with security fixes pledged until the end of 2019.A Great InterfaceUsing the touch interface first deployed on Microsoft's Zune music player, Windows Phone (WinPhone) was a vast departure from its earlier Windows Mobile platform. The "live tile" interface displays useful information on the home screen in real time. Nokia was so fond of the interface that it switched from its own extremely popular Symbian OS to Windows Phone (see Lumia). In 2013, Microsoft acquired Nokia's mobile phone division but sold it in 2017. See Windows Phone Store, live tiles, Windows Mobile and Symbian.Integration of Office and WindowsA feature of Windows Phone is the built-in Windows support (Office documents can be edited), and messages from Facebook and Windows Live mail can be instantly viewed. In order to synchronize music, videos and photos, as well as update the OS, WinPhone requires Zune software in the PC and connector software in the Mac (see Windows Phone Connector for Mac).Windows 10 MobileAlong with the introduction of Windows 10 in 2015, Windows Phone was renamed Windows 10 Mobile and featured more integration between desktop and mobile devices. See Cortana, Zune, Windows Phone Store, Windows Mobile, mobile compatibility and mobile device vendor control.
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