Microsoft acknowledged death of Windows Phone

Is it worth "crying about" death of Microsoft Windows Mobile? Let's figure out
11 October 2017   1024

Recently, Microsoft official announced that they stop "building new features" for Windows Mobile 10. This was reported by the Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft.

Also, he said that "as and individual user, I switched platforms." 

The fact that Windows Phone is a "dead" platform is not a new for everyone. Verde ascertained death of the platform in January 2016. They pointed to the constant sales drop Lumia phones and to the fact that such phones were sold for an order of magnitude less than devices on iOS and Android: 110 million versus 4.5 billion (Androids plus iPhones).

In 2015 and 2016, Microsoft conducted massive layoffs of employees from mobile units - the work lost several thousand people.

But Windows 10 Mobile update was released in September 2017. It has some bugfixes and new features, like 2FA. 

The main reason of the platform's death is low quality and quantity of available apps. 

At the end of September, even Bill Gates reported on the rejection of the Windows phone: during an interview about Steve Jobs and new iPhones, he told that he switched to Android "with a bunch of programs from Microsoft." 

So, is it a big pitty that Windows phone died? We've made small research of search engine trends, and here's what we've found.

Search Trends
Search Trends

On a chart above, blue line is a popularity of Andoid, red line - iOs and yellow - Windows Mobile. As you can see, Windows Mobile was on the one level with other operating systems only 10 years ago, at the age of smartphones. So, there is no need to cry about the death of Windows Mobile OS.

Rider to Receive 2018.2 Version

The new release includes Docker support for the debugger, built-in spelling checker and many other new stuff
24 August 2018   223

The JetBrains team has updated its cross-platform environment for .NET development Rider to version 2018.2. The new release includes Docker support for the debugger, built-in spelling checker, code coverage by unit tests and the ability to work with the MacBook Touch Bar.

What's new in Rider 2018.2

  • The debugger now supports Docker, improved display of the call stack, and breakpoints for each thread in the case of multi-threaded code.
  • Two new launch configurations have been implemented: Publish to IIS and Publish to custom server - to deploy the Web application created in ASP.NET Core on a local or remote server.
  • Improved code autocompletion with the help of a statistic-based algorithm. In addition, Rider pays attention to how often the user uses its hints, and, depending on the feedback, makes corrections.
  • In the IDE settings, the ability to create templates has been added, as well as editing and managing them through Editor | Live Templates and Editor | File Templates.
  • Redesigned the solution browser: a new toolbar with icons for displaying all files, synchronizing the browser and the editor, and several new navigation buttons.
  • Updated macOS-version: added support for MacBook Touch Bar, new icons and a dark theme for window titles.
  • Integration with Unity: support for .asmdef and csc.rsp files, Unity Reload Assembles disable in Play mode, fixing this == null invalid warning, and improved support for remote debugging.
  • Together with the integration with dotCover, the environment received code coverage with unit-tests and support for continuous testing (only for the Windows version).
  • ReSpeller support added. 
  • There are new opportunities for front-end development: support for TypeScript versions 2.9 and 3.0, improved integration with React, Angular and Vue.js.
  • The Reference option is added to the content of the context menu of C # Interactive, and support for F # and NuGet is also updated.
  • A full list of changes is available on the What's New page in the blog dedicated to the IDE Rider.

In August 2018, a new version of the whole family of tools for. NET-development - ReSharper Ultimate 2018.2. It includes an update to ReSharper, which has been supported by C # 7.3, built-in spell checker and several new navigation features.