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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

For all those people that just HAD to have Duolingo available on their Windows Phone...

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...and who complained bitterly how "unfair" it was because Duolingo didn't support such a "popular" device....

Read this.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/idshanks
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It's pretty natural that people would want compatible apps for the platform they use; they can hardly be blamed - it's not on the average user to have knowledge of the situation or to predict the way in which it will develop regarding their platform's continued support by its developer. At the end of the day, that sort of thing is the responsibility of Duolingo to consider when it comes to developing their product.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Oh, definitely the end user shouldn't have to think about Duolingo's business strategy. I don't at all blame people for wanting apps for their platform. That's just natural.

There was just so much arguing even after Duolingo had specifically stated that they weren't going to develop for that market. It's like folks couldn't take "no" for an answer, and Duo spent resources they don't really have to spare developing for that platform, and now it's all for naught.

I guess I just get tired of all the entitlement, and anger, and hostility over a delightful app that doesn't cost us one penny. But this is the Internet and I should probably just put on my "big girl pants" and not let it get to me.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

Well, DL on Windows Lumia still uses the heart system. It's a consolation for those who do not like the strength bar system.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/f.formica
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I think that it's sad news for Nokia rather than for Windows Phone: don't forget that just a few months ago Microsoft also bought Alcatel-Lucent, maker of "value" (read: cheap) smartphones, and that Windows 10 is still heavily aimed at unifying the PC and smartphone user base. Microsoft pretty much destroyed Nokia (something we all knew was happening) but I don't see them quitting the mobile segment anytime soon.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I agree, it's really sad for Nokia, and all their employees. It's hard to work for an excellent company and see it ruined, and lose your job in the process. :(

Perhaps you're right about Microsoft staying in the mobile segment, but it doesn't look like they'll be using "Windows Phone" to do that. Maybe another device?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Not seeing why this deserves downvotes. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Oh, I figured it would be unpopular. My tone is pretty condescending/sarcastic, I'll admit.

It just made me crazy irritated how many of those requests there were, over and over (and over), and how it was patiently explained that although ONE person or even one region may really love the Windows Phone, it wasn't a viable business strategy to develop for it. But people didn't want to hear that.

The folks clamoring for a Windows Phone app were very vocal, and sometimes heated, and of course they did eventually get their app. But what a waste of energy and resources.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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Was it cause and effect? Did Duolingo develop a Windows Phone app solely because of the frequency of requests for it in the Duolingo Discussions forum? Or was your condescending/sarcastic tone intended for Duolingo management, who didn’t accurately predict market trends over the time that it took to develop the Windows Phone app? (I’ve never owned a mobile phone, so I ask as a disinterested, but not uninterested, bystander.)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I have no idea why Duolingo developed the Windows Phone app.

No, my tone was not directed at Duolingo management - I certainly could have been more clear, sorry about that (and thanks for asking).

I posted this in the hopes that, in the future, perhaps before we gripe long and loud about what Duo management "should" be doing, we will pause and reflect that maybe, just maybe, they know more about their business than we do.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThEAnOrAK

Microsoft is making cheap handhelds targeted for emerging markets like India and Africa, having a Duolingo app for windows phone would be a chance for poor people to learn a second language like English and maybe get a Job because of it, also Nokia devices are very popular in Brazil and other countries in South America, I have several Nokia devices along with android and iPhone devices and I prefer the a Nokia for every day use, hopefully this helps.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

I agree, Lrtward.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rob2042

Me, neither.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Parham3679srsr
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Sad news :( You know, the winners are not always the bests and Microsoft is still in the mobile business and I hope it will all change with Windows 10, I'm waiting for their next flagship . :)

3 years ago