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April 6, 2020

Me and Windows Phone – Until Death Do Us Part

An overly dramatic title, I know, but I mean it. My smartphone is and will be a Nokia Lumia 925, running Windows Phone 8.1, until one of us stops working, until the end of one of us .It simply is the best smartphone I have seen, used or tested. Responsive, versatile operating system, fast and easy to use. It has all the apps I need installed, I do not want to even think about being unfaithful and starting a relationship with some hot, young Android device.

The problem is this: extended support for WP 8.1 ended a few years ago. Even if it had been possible to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile (it wasn’t), its extended support ended on Tuesday last week, December 10. Officially, Windows Phone and Windows Mobile are dead.

Of course I understand that at some point, my Windows Phone just won’t work anymore. I am preparing for this by testing the Microsoft Launcher and apps on an Android Pie virtual machine. At the same time, I’m learning the inner functions of Android and using it for various security and identification apps I can no longer use on my Windows Phone.

I don’t like Android as an OS, but at least I am now prepared. The VM works perfectly and runs surprisingly fast, but fine tuning it the same way I tweak Windows Phone seems to be much harder. Luckily, the Microsoft Launcher works well, and has replaced the original and mostly useless launcher (IMO). Last week, I wrote about how to set up the latest Android version on a Hyper-V virtual machine, in case you are interested in trying it out: Hyper-V: Android Pie and Microsoft Launcher on a VM.

It’s a shame that Microsoft stopped developing the best mobile operating system ever. I for sure will continue using my Windows Phone 8.1 as long as possible. I am careful enough when using its Edge browser to only visit sites I know are safe; I never open any email attachments on that phone; and in every way possible, I try to remember that there will be no more security updates forth that device. So far, so good.

But, I am still hopelessly in love. The Nokia Lumia 925 with Windows Phone 8.1 remains perfect for me. For now.



Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

One Response “Me and Windows Phone – Until Death Do Us Part”

  1. CountMike
    December 14, 2019 at 17:19

    I have Lumia 640 dual sim. Got it second hand but like new, just about time W10 came out and it was already updated to W10. Two reasons I like it. One is that is Nokia whose phones served me great before this one. Second is that I’m familiar with Windows as my older ones were Symbian OS. Did every update there was, It’s in perfect shape including battery which lasts up to 4 days as I’m not much of a talker. There’s no physical reason it wouldn’t last another 5 years. Only problem is APPs, some of my favorite ones at the beginning don’t work for some time now and obviously there’s no new ones to replace them. Was thinking of replacing it but new ones of similar quality are too bloody expensive for eventual gains. Initially it was syncing with PC but MS took that away and works with other OSs better than with W10.

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