Microsoft's Bold Move: The Funeral Procession That Changed the Tech Industry

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Updated Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

In the ever-evolving world of technology, there have been many moments that have left us in awe, surprise, and sometimes even laughter. One such moment occurred in 2010 when Microsoft, known for its Windows operating system, held a funeral procession for none other than the iPhone. Yes, you read that right! Microsoft staged a mock funeral to mark the launch of their new product, the Windows Phone 7, symbolically declaring the "death" of the iPhone.

The image that captured this memorable event shows four individuals dressed in black, somberly walking down what appears to be a street or parking area. The lead participant carries a tall staff, while two others carry an oversized smartphone-shaped object, dr**** in black fabric with a white Windows logo on it, as if it were a coffin. The scene is complete with onlookers in the background, some with amused expressions, adding to the lightheartedness of the moment.

The text overlaid on the image humorously reminds us, "If you ever feel stupid, just remember in 2010 Microsoft held a funeral for the iPhone after launching the Windows Phone 7." This caption captures the audacity and confidence Microsoft had at the time. They were ready to take on the giants of the smartphone industry and make their mark.

However, as we all know, things didn't quite go as planned for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. While there were enthusiasts who praised the flawless layout, functionality, and even the accurate auto-correct feature, the phone ultimately faced a major hurdle: the lack of app support. People were missing their favorite social media platforms, messaging apps, and other popular applications that had become integral parts of their lives. Despite its potential, the Windows Phone 7 struggled to compete with the already established players in the market.

Looking back, it's fascinating to consider what could have been. Commenters reminisce about how Windows phones were loved by those who owned them, appreciating their compatibility with other Microsoft devices and the seamless synchronization between all their devices. The Live Tile system, a unique feature of Windows phones, is praised for its brilliance and user-friendly interface.

While Microsoft may not have achieved the dominance they had hoped for in the smartphone market, we can't deny the impact they made with their bold funeral procession. It serves as a reminder that in the tech industry, nothing is certain, and even the biggest players can face unexpected challenges.

So, let's take a moment to appreciate the audacity of Microsoft's funeral for the iPhone. It was a moment that captured the imagination and humor of tech enthusiasts around the world. Whether it was a stroke of marketing genius or a playful jab at their competitors, one thing is for sure: it's a moment we won't soon forget.

As we move forward in the ever-evolving world of technology, let's remember the lessons learned from this amusing event. Innovation and competition go hand in hand, and sometimes, even the boldest moves don't always lead to success. But hey, at least we got a good laugh out of it!

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Everybody I knew that had a Windows phone loved it. The biggest problem I saw was that it hit the market too late, after the two major players were firmly established. There simply wasn't room for a new player in the market.


Windows phones were great but they didn't get the support from either Microsoft or app developers. I called it a day when my bank called time on their app.


Microsoft could have had complete market dominance of the business phone world, but gave it up. in 2010 Blackberry was still king of corporate phones, because they could be managed centrally. It took Apple another good half-decade to get anywhere close to central MDM that was reliable. But Microsoft already had SCCM and could have deployed it to phones easy peasey.


Man I loved my Windows Phone, had perfect compatibility with my zune, another fantastic device MS gave up on.


Call an ambulance, but not for me!


I loved my Windows phone, it was sn**** and responsive and the Nokia model was great. It also had without a doubt the most accurate auto correct I've ever used, and would actually learn worth a damn as you used it. But as others have said, no app support made it DOA. I just want the keyboard back.


It was misunderstood. People were missing apps for Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Skype and so on, But you did not need them. You could just add your account to the phone and the phone showed all your communications in one view. To bad people do not read the manual and the wizard ran only once at that point, people filled out their Microsoft account. All devices in sync. Same apps om all devices. Never missed an application. It was fast, easy to use and almost boring to setup.


Don't count your chickens before they hatch.


If there's anything I love seeing, it's people showboating and gloating over their victory before they're actually finished the race, only to lose in a dramatically hilarious fashion due to their own hubris. Normally, these are sports videos, but this works just as well.


The windows phone was amazing. Flawless layout and functionality. It just happened too late and had little app support. It should have been a winner.

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