Microsoft Puts Another Nail In Lumia 950 XL Coffin
By refusing to release a successor to the Lumia 950 and 950 XL late last year, Microsoft is basically saying that the Lumia series is dead. Curiously though, the company is still keeping the flagship around rather than kill it off the way Sony did with the Xperia Z5.
One could only pin the reason down to the Surface Phone delay. As long as the device isn’t ready for the world, the Lumia would remain as Microsoft’s marque smartphone. This, however, doesn’t mean that the Lumia 950/XL should be at the top of its priority list.
As another move in the slow death of the Lumia, the Redmond tech giant has decided to peddle its own version of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, giving them the Microsoft Edition moniker.
This special model isn’t really special in any significant way as all it does is add on its own set of apps and services into the device, besides offering its basic suite of programs such as Office, Skype, and Outlook. But instead of pre-installing the extra apps and services like carriers, the device automatically downloads them when it makes its first Wi-Fi connection out of the box.
We don’t see why anyone would pay for the Galaxy S8 or S8+ Microsoft Edition, given that they would basically be as annoying as the US carrier models. At least we know that the company has lost faith in the sinking Lumia ship and is taking steps to move on.