Microsoft sallied bravely forth into the competitive world of smartphones a few years back, with a little help from those former superstars at Nokia. And while the handsets themselves were often nicely made and offered an interesting approach to areas like the camera, things never really seemed to go their way.
It probably won't some as much of a surprise then to hear that the Lumia brand's days are numbered. A report from an insider claims that Microsoft will kill off Lumia by the end of 2016, with the current suite of devices being sold until all stock has run out.
It's a pretty sad state of affairs but it might not all be a negative story - rumours have circulated that Microsoft could debut a Surface range beginning in 2017 with top tier specs and a new outlook. Honestly we think the best thing they could possibly do is make the move to Android and concentrate on great hardware (which they've managed in the past) and a stable, clutterfree operating system with plenty of apps.
We'll have to wait and see how this pans out.