The New York City Police Department announced it will replace 36,000 Windows phones with iPhones starting this fall, according to The Verge.
The switch comes in response to Microsoft's recent announcement of plans to end support for most Windows phones.
The NYPD deputy commissioner for IT came under fire for choosing Windows phones last year even after the phone’s market share dropped below 1%. The NYPD has not specified which phone model officers will receive, but experts say it’s unlikely they will get the iPhone 8 being released next month.
The NYPD tested Androids, iPhones and Windows phones and selected Windows phones for their security features and remote management capabilities, according to CNet. Unfortunately, Windows phones took a plunge shortly thereafter.
The phones once were considered a key growth area for Microsoft. In 2013, the company acquired mobile phone maker Nokia in 2013 for about $7.9 billion, but the brand faded substantially soon after.
Unfortunately, such declines are a fact of life when it comes to technology. Sometimes the “brand of the day” fades away seemingly overnight and something new takes its place. Just ask BlackBerry.