lumia-550-render-152x300Windows Phone OS isn’t exactly a hotspot for e-bookers even though some apps stand out, like Freda.

Could the developers and users sense the grim news ahead? IDC predicts that the OS will command just 2.3 percent of the mobile market by 2019.

The Register has the details. A Microsoft insider tells the Register that Project Continuum—which changes the interface so you can use your phone with a mouse, monitor and keyboard—is  “a generation shy of maturity and pleasant usability.” So much for that hope?

In the interest of competition I hope the predictions are wrong, and that the new generation of Windows Phones can help the company gain traction. But if IDC is right, the long-term odds will be formidable. “Stick a fork in it” time?

Related: Want seamless Windows Continuum e-reading from smartphones to big screen? You’ll need these specs.


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