EDIT: This poll is about making Windows Phone 8.1 (even partly) open source, and is not about Windows 10 Mobile because obviously that would be impossible due to so much shared code between Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Hello guys. I have been around on Windows Central for a relatively long time, and I watched as the platform slowly went to its grave step by step, mostly because of Microsoft\’s own doing. But that\’s not what I\’m spending any more time on to debate anymore. I just point out that I was very bitter about the whole thing on Windows(Phone)Central for a long time. Since Microsoft has given up on mobile completely (Andromeda aside as a mysterious project that may or may not be a phone or a tablet or a foldable new category) I got dreaming how nice it would have been if Microsoft, as embracing of Open Source initiative they\’ve become recently, decided to open source Windows Phone 8.1. Maybe not 10 Mobile – because it has too much operational Windows 10 in it – but just 8.1 as an offshoot of Windows 8.1. In other news, recently it was revealed that Microsoft is embracing PWAs or Progressive Web Apps (in coordination with Google) which means there will be a host of new website/apps that all OS\’s will embrace (Apple will have to join in too eventually). So my mind married these two ideas: what if we could make Microsoft open source a dead platform (WP8.1), and developers could introduce newer versions of IE there where PWAs are supported…we could have a great little ecosystem of WPs that are as modern as they come, and is maintained by a Linux-like community of developers coming up with awesome things. Those who think an Android launcher can do the same thing need not comment honestly, you\’ve missed the whole point of Windows Phone from the Start (pun intended). What do you guys think? Do you think Microsoft would do that, or are patents a problem for them or what? Do you think we can get a big enough community together to petition for something like this?

Far, far too much code is used in Windows. You have to remember that WP8 was based on Windows NT, which backs every modern version of Windows on every device. Name any component that makes up the OS, and unless it\’s front-end (like the start screen maybe), it\’s probably shared with something currently in use on desktop. W10M is even worse given that it shares almost everything with literally what MS is working on right now. They would literally have to open-source most of Windows (basically everything MS has made over the past decade) for this to be worthwhile. WP7 is more likely. I don\’t think CE is still in use anywhere (made obsolete by Windows IoT), nor is Silverlight. Not sure what other major components there are – DX is one though – so they\’d need to go back through WP7 and remove all of that BEFORE they can do anything with open-source. Silverlight they almost certainly could, but the rest will take serious work – and it\’s really not worthwhile given that there is very little use for the CE-based WP7, or for Silverlight. Also, not sure if you\’re aware of what happened with webOS, which is where a lot of WP fans came from – it DID get open-sourced by HP, but it\’s not very active at all. The current contributors have little interest in supporting the original hardware – instead focusing on Android hardware. It\’s not the kind of thing you\’d want to use daily, it\’s more just for fun. Open-source WP7 or WP8 would likely see the same thing – won\’t really help existing users, simply because there are so few. Pretty much any WP fan will be using W10M, rather than WP7/8, largely due to UWP and continued support (many apps are either broken or discontinued on WP7/8), and overall in terms of features, it\’s much better (albeit less elegant) than WP7/8.

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