作為2018年,Windows Phone是否已死?


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我是幾年前購買的Microsoft Lumia 435的快樂所有人。目前,我覺得該更換手機了。我會很高興有一塊新電池,沒有刮擦,沒有新產品的感覺等等。

我只是喜歡我的MS Windows Phone,並不關心大量的應用程序(期待Whatsapp,這是必不可少的)。因此,我希望保留一些基本的Windows Phone,例如Lumia435。

新手機的維修期望是什麼?MS是否正式保證未來2-3年有更新?我可以指望Whatsapp工作+2年嗎?

還是我應該忘記Windows Phone並轉而使用Android?我可以在隨機(Android)手機上安裝Windows 10移動版嗎?

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As 2018, is Windows Phone dead?

Yes, Windows Phone is dead. Specifically, support for the latest version (Windows Phone 8.1) ended on 11 July 2017. It is likely that, as with the older Windows Phone 8.0, certain features will stop working over time as the necessary cloud services are changed or discontinued.

Windows 10 Mobile, on the other hand, is not quite dead. While active development of new features has ceased, it is still supported at least until December 2019 and will receive security updates and bug fixes until then (see here for more details). Also, end of support doesn't mean phones will immediately stop working.

Retail availability is a bigger issue, though, with stock of new models being very limited at most retailers. You may have to wait a while to get a good deal on the model you want, or consider buying a used or refurbished phone.

Can I count on Whatsapp working for +2 years?

WhatsApp has generally been pretty good at updating their Windows app, but that doesn't guarantee they'll stick with the platform in the long term. Unfortunately that's not something that either us or Microsoft can predict, and quite a lot of high-profile apps have either been abandoned or outright discontinued (although PWAs might turn that situation around).

Or should I forget about a Windows Phone and move to Android?

If you absolutely need WhatsApp, then that might be a strong argument for moving to a platform that is in no danger of becoming unsupported by it. It's certainly possible to have a MS-centric experience on an Android phone.

Could I install Windows 10 Mobile on a random (Android) phone?

To the best of my knowledge, that isn't possible. See this answer from a few years ago, it should still apply to W10M as well.