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Microsoft Is Just Giving Away Phones Now

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Nope.

Windows running on a phone hasn’t ever been very good. Yes, I know some of you love it, and you’re probably holding out hope for a mythical Surface phone, but Microsoft’s latest Lumia promotion shows that the company is ready to close the latest chapter of mobile Windows. Better luck next time?

So here’s the deal: When you buy a Lumia 950 XL for $650, the very best phone Microsoft makes, you get a Lumia 950 absolutely free. Translation: Please god, someone buy these non-competitive phones.

As far as hardware is concerned, these Lumia’s aren’t terrible-fast processors, a decent camera, and even the neat Continuum feature, which lets you use your pocket computer like a desktop computer. But Windows on a phone suffers from the same curse it always has: There aren’t any apps, and the overall experience lacks polish.

http://Gadgetgawker.com/lumia-950-revi…

In the long run, the company’s hope is that universal Windows apps that work on phones as well as computers might eventually make Windows something you want to use on a phone. That’s no comfort for Windows fans living in the here and now. Microsoft sold only 2.3 million phones last quarter. Things aren’t looking good.

[Microsoft Store]

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