[Update June 6]
Well. I was wrong. My Windows phone was updated to 8.1. That means Microsoft has abandoned a good chunk of their base.
[Update June 5]
It looks like that old Nokia Lumina is installing Windows Mobile 10 just fine. I guess that’s good news — if I ever want to use it again.
I use Skype mostly for text messaging — mainly because their emoji set is outstanding. I also use the service for occasional video calls. Today, however, I experienced a Skype fail. Allow me to elaborate. (Reminder: Skype is owned by Microsoft.)
We have an old Nokia Lumina Windows phone here. I don’t think we’ve even booted it up for a year or so. But today I got a disturbing e-mail from Skype. Here’s what it said:
Well. I had no idea what Windows Mobile version was running on our ancient phone. As I type this, the phone is trying to scarf up enough juice to get the battery charged enough so it can download the update. I gather Windows 10 is the current standard. But it took a while to figure that out.
When I clicked the link in the e-mail I found my way to this:
That’s helpful. Actually, not. Confusing. But there was that “more information” link. Being a true techno-geek, I clicked it. Here’s what I found (after groping around a bit):
Insanity. Microsoft has become such a sclerotic behemoth that the company can’t keep its story straight from one page to another.