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  1. toph36's Avatar
    I think they saw this coming when they changed the name of the site from Windows Phone Central to just Windows Central. However, they may want to take it another step and name it Microsoft Central (although they probably can't), since they cover more than just Windows. Microsoft is not going away, neither is this site.
    digitaldd likes this.
    04-24-2017 10:55 AM
  2. DJCBS's Avatar
    Windows Central assured its survival as a Microsoft-centred site the moment it stopped being "Windows Phone Central". And I think we can all agree that Windows and Microsoft aren't going anywhere.

    As for the amount of comments in WP related articles, sure, if you look at them, they're also normally click-bait articles. Specially the editorials trying to sell you Windows Phone isn't dead. But no matter the content, they generate ad-revenue. Because the more people spend time in the page being served ads, the more it generates the site money.

    So even when Microsoft officially announces what has been a reality for more than a year now - Windows Phone's death - there will still be people coming for other Windows and Xbox related articles. And I would be surprised if the articles about Windows Phone would stop.

    At the end of the day, Mobile Nations IS a business. So don't worry. They've got the death of Windows Phone covered in their financials. You'd sooner see the death of Crackberry than Windows Central ;)
    04-24-2017 10:56 AM
  3. cr_buck's Avatar
    I only ask because a quick look at the comments statistics on articles reveals that they go through the roof on most Windows Mobile subjects but sometimes barely raise an eyebrow on other more general Microsoft matters. It shouldn't be forgotten that up until a couple of years ago this website was essentially devoted to Windows Phone and only started diversifying when they saw the writing on the wall. I suspect that most readers are still only here because they had a Windows Phone/Mobile phone at one time or another.
    Considering Windows Central was the foremost authority on Windows Phone/Mobile and less so than traditional Windows my visits will likely drop. There are a lot more websites that cover Windows but Windows Central was the more thorough, and professional, than other sites in regards to mobile.
    04-24-2017 10:58 AM
  4. nate0's Avatar
    Will Windows Central survive the death of Windows Mobile?
    Muessig likes this.
    04-24-2017 10:59 AM
  5. Paul Kinslow's Avatar
    Perhaps if Windows phone central hadn't been cheerleading every stupid move Microsoft made, and trying so hard to convince their readers that every stupid move and areas of neglect were actually a good thing, Microsoft wouldn't have continued down their mobile path of destruction. So now shuttering the website with a redirect to Android central is the next step? The best mobile OS destroyed from the inside.
    04-24-2017 11:05 AM
  6. Shobiz's Avatar
    I've come to this site every day since the debut of Windows Phone 7. I was a Palm Pre faithful. The site will survive.
    04-24-2017 11:06 AM
  7. Dillan K's Avatar
    I've never even considered a Windows phone. Tiles do nothing for me. I come here because I'm a PC guy, and an Xbox guy, and this site is a decent source of news and articles for both of those platforms.
    04-24-2017 11:06 AM
  8. Paul Kinslow's Avatar
    This site is now mostly a gamer site first and foremost.
    04-24-2017 11:09 AM
  9. Sedp23's Avatar
    If course it will... It's Windows central it includes phones Xbox, pc....Windows phone central wouldn't have survived tho

    Sent from Idol 4s
    Muessig likes this.
    04-24-2017 11:10 AM
  10. Kyle Garrett's Avatar
    I follow this blog on every channel (including the 'News' app on my iPhone). I'm into Microsoft and the broader Windows ecosystem. So ya, I'll keep reading regardless of the state of W10M. This may be blasphemy on this blog, but I've lost interest in W10M since I had to give up my Lumia.
    04-24-2017 11:11 AM
  11. Drael646464's Avatar
    So far as I can tell some windows 10 mobile users here seem to suffer from some form of persistant depression.

    A lot of people, included the OS agnostic have quite a bright view of MS's future. Follow some commentary on youtube for example. There's quite a strong contrast there.

    I use a complete redundant blackberry q5. It has some great features, that when I get a new phone, I'll never see again. BB dropped support like a hotcake. Doesn't get me down. And while I'd be surprised if BB can even sell android phones via TCL, I have no personal doubt MS's future is bright - they have indispensable things on their platform, and are investing ahead of others in guaranteed future techs, as well as playing market strategies like a boss.

    I come for the community, not any kind of article research, although the articles are good. Personally I could do with less eoyore the donkey.
    04-24-2017 11:14 AM
  12. Cosmin Petrenciuc's Avatar
    I'll continue to visit WindowsCentral web-site for information related to XBOX, Windows 10, 2-in-1 devices and many other things. Even just for reading news about Microsoft's latest plans and projects.
    Muessig likes this.
    04-24-2017 11:21 AM
  13. digitaldd's Avatar
    I think they saw this coming when they changed the name of the site from Windows Phone Central to just Windows Central. However, they may want to take it another step and name it Microsoft Central (although they probably can't), since they cover more than just Windows. Microsoft is not going away, neither is this site.
    I was thinking this myself when I started reading this thread. I'm happy to see I'm not alone, then they could add some Data Center/SysAdmin/Active Directory stuff
    Drael646464 and anon(9803228) like this.
    04-24-2017 11:23 AM
  14. zr2s10's Avatar
    I hope it doesn't come to it, but I'm sure I'll come check out all the articles talking about why it failed, will they bring it back?, why won't/will they, etc, etc, lol. I'm not overly interested in standard W10 articles, but it is good to keep up to date on this stuff. I also come here for Xbox articles, so I think I would still visit the site for sure.
    04-24-2017 11:26 AM
  15. Summer_Moon's Avatar
    Well judging by the response to your post, I think WC will be just fine :)
    But I came because of Windows Phone articles. If those articles stop I will probably leave the site.
    04-24-2017 11:33 AM
  16. Meisaku's Avatar
    I've been lurking around the site and RSS from the days I got my 920. That phone is long gone and replaced by an Android device but I still consider myself a Windows (Phone) person by heart. Arrow Launcher + Outlook for Android <3

    I see Windows Central of the future as a "MS" Central with possibly mobile angle to Windows + Android / iOS / W10M ecosystem - and as has been said this has already been happening a bit - and I certainly see myself lurking around as well.

    Keep it up guys!
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    04-24-2017 11:34 AM
  17. Giansns's Avatar
    I suggest you to change your name in AndroidCentral.. 😀
    04-24-2017 11:34 AM
  18. Nick Gaughan's Avatar
    I am an avid reader of the phone articles and take a look at the other big news too because, let's face it, if you use or are interested in Microsoft mobile efforts you definitely have at least one other product catagory that gets reported on. Plus the authors are pretty balanced and fair.
    04-24-2017 11:38 AM
  19. preich78's Avatar
    Although I do have a Windows Phone, it's not my daily driver. I use iOS for that. I do use Windows on all my computers and use Office 365 and other Microsoft services across all my devices so that's my main interest. I would definitely continue to read windowscentral.com daily if there was no Windows Phone provided that:
    - The quality of the content on the website goes up
    - The need to generate revenue is balanced with the desire to provide value

    There have been too many articles recently that add little to no value. They either re-hash other stories into a single article, quote some official release notes or are blatantly poorly researched and incomplete. An example is the reviews of best home NAS published a few weeks ago that was woefully incomplete and looked like an excuse to make some money off of referal links to Amazon.

    Today I subscribe to feeds from 3-4 Microsoft enthusiast's websites and 80% of the content published is the same across all. I pay little attention to those sites most of the time.

    Stories that just quote official Microsoft blogs are particularly annoying because I subscribe to those blogs so I hear the news from the horse's mouth. Would be good if there was some editorial or opinion added to the piece rather than simply quoting the blog post.

    Overall, the marketplace for tech news is saturated with too many publications adding little value. There is opportunity for people prepared to make the better editorial choices to come out on top and weed out the lesser publications but it will take some vision to accomplish that. If this publication is the one to give it I go it will certainly get my attention and loyal reading.
    anon(9803228) likes this.
    04-24-2017 11:49 AM
  20. TKAtlanta's Avatar
    There is already no Windows Mobile news to report (except the upcoming funeral arrangements and MS's "in lieu of flowers why don't you go f yourself for thinking we knew what we were doing") and I would guess that Windows Central is still attracting enough traffic.

    If I recall correctly this site used to be called WPCentral (Windows Phone Central) and they were wise enough to diversify the name/direction appropriately.
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    04-24-2017 11:49 AM
  21. sweatshopking's Avatar
    While I agree that MS is becoming more and more like IBM, that should worry many people. IBM just posted their 20th quarter of declining revenue. They're dying. Copying them, as ms seems to be doing, is a bad idea.
    04-24-2017 11:53 AM
  22. Zachary Wilmes's Avatar
    I really enjoy the Windows 10 PC articles about apps and tweaks, as well as hardware reviews on this site, and the fact that every piece of hardware reviewed on here generally has a good Windows app or Windows support to go along with it. That being said, I found your website back when I first got into Windows Phone back in the Windows Phone Central days. It helped me immensely to get started in the platform and find cool apps and tips. So without that element, it pretty much loses the reason I joined, however, looking at the current state of things, it would be unreasonable to expect you guys to keep Windows Phone/ Windows Mobile as your focus. This site has become more than just Windows Phone news to me, and I will definitely always have your app both on my PC and my phone, it's one of the things that I check daily, usually multiple times a day, it's a part of my daily routine and my life. So, rock on, Windows Central!
    04-24-2017 12:01 PM
  23. BigwaveMx's Avatar
    I used to visite the site several times per day. But since I jumped to the less dark side (android device), I visit androidcentral instead windowscentral.
    04-24-2017 12:12 PM
  24. NokianWP's Avatar
    Comments were disabled on the corresponding article, but I think WC's most important contributions' have been their registry and windows guides that they have been doing more recently.

    "I think your best content is the stuff that will be applicable years into the future, especially through search engine indexing: All if your registry edit and windows guides. This is by far, one of the most useful contributions you have made to the internet as a whole, because many guides are either low quality, extremely outdated, or hard to find"
    Muessig and Laura Knotek like this.
    04-24-2017 12:25 PM
  25. davidewart's Avatar
    Good question. I came to find out info about Windows phones, I.e. actual devices - remember those? And then to keep up to date about W10M. But my 930 has been deprecated. Along with my Surface 3 (which replaced my Surface RT), and Band. I am not interested in Xbox not games nor AR/VR. So I don't know about staying active here. I'm gonna wait till my 930 dies and then decide what looks like the best thing at that time.
    04-24-2017 12:28 PM
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