Windows Phone It was Microsoft’s last great experiment in the field of mobile phones. Although it had a novel proposal, the operating system never had a chance against iOS and Android and ended up disappearing. Today a user has brought him back to life when installing it on an old MacBook.
A video posted on YouTube by the channel Nobel Tech shows to Windows 10 Mobile running natively on a MacBook. Although this version of the operating system includes basic functionality, it is not possible to run all applications. This is because it does not recognize the Mac’s network card or display adapter, as it does not have the proper drivers.
In the video we can see that the system allows change appearance values and access some device options. The author did not share the steps to follow to install Windows 10 Mobile on a Mac, so the content is purely educational and works to get an idea of this mobile OS on different hardware.
The most striking thing about the video is, without a doubt, the way apps adapt to the screen size. Some, like Outlook or Word, have the desktop look we see today. This is because Windows 10 Mobile apps are universal (UWP), so they are compatible with any Windows device.
Although there is no reason to replicate the feat, the video of Nobel Tech offers a glimpse into the idea of a single platform. Windows Phone could never capture the audience, so Microsoft envisioned its successor as a smartphone variant capable of offering the full Windows 10 experience.
Microsoft regrets canceling Windows Phone
Windows 10 Mobile had been on the market for less than two years when Microsoft deemed it was enough. The company was late to the party and the developers never ended up supporting it, which accelerated the sale of its Nokia and its eventual departure from mobile phones. Despite the low profitability, Satya NadellaCEO of Microsoft, confessed years later that regrets killing Windows Phone.
“The decision that I think a lot of people are talking about (and one of the most difficult decisions I made when I became CEO) was our exit from what I will call mobile phone as it was defined then,” Nadella mentioned in an interview with Business Insider. “In retrospect, I think there could have been ways to make it work, perhaps reinventing the category between PCs, tablets and phones.”
Windows Phone was discontinued at the end of 2017 and reached the end of its lifespan in January 2020. Some enthusiasts are keeping the flame of hope alive and using a Nokia 950 XL. Unfortunately, There is no support from Microsoft or app developers, so it is not possible to use it as an alternative to an iPhone.