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Microsoft's iPhone announcement angers Windows phone fans

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Hardcore Windows phone fans have piled on to Microsoft's Joe Belfiore after he announced that Apple's iPhone can be linked to Windows 10 PCs using a dedicated app that is also available on Android.

No mention was made of Windows 10 Mobile by Belfiore, leading to speculation that the platform is dead.

Belfiore tweeted: "iPhone-carrying Windows Insiders... Come and get it!", referring to the app.

In response, a user going by the handle J R Dub, tweeted: "if you use an iPhone, quit Microsoft. I'm forced out of a Windows phone, you continually feed the competitors."

Belfiore responded: "At MS, we don't think of iPhone as just 'competitor'. We have hundreds of millions of iPhone-carrying customers. We aim to support them."

But this did not mollify Windows Phone fans, with a tweet from one George Ponder saying: "Hey Joe! Why promoting iPhones so much lately? Have you forgotten Windows Phones or are the rumours true that they are dead?"

And he tweeted again: "Surely I'm not the lone holdout still hoping in miracles. That somebody at MSFT comes to their senses and breathes life back into WinPhones."

Another Windows Phone enthusiast, going by the handle seabreem, wrote: "Shame on Windows 10 Mobile, shame on Microsoft's iPhone fan-employees, shame on LinkedIn web wrapper, shame on current Lumia950/XL users."

Referring to the app that Belfiore had tweeted about, another Twitter user Gustavo Fontana tweeted: "This is a cheesy hack Joe, not useful. What makes sense is shipping an Edge browser app for iPhone. Then also keep Web passwords in-sync."

In Microsoft's latest results, for the fourth quarter of the financial year, revenue for the phone division was seen to be going backwards, with the statement: "Phone revenue was immaterial and declined US$361 million."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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