Windows phones dead, Microsoft finally admits

Isaac Cain
October 10, 2017

Joe Belfiore, VP in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, has played many roles at Microsoft including leading the development of Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile. Belfiore tweeted that Microsoft will still issue bug fixes and security updates to users of the platform, but that new features and hardware are no longer the "focus".

Microsoft's Lumia 550 was one of the first phones equipped with Windows 10 Mobile.

The company will no longer launch new mobile phones or work on any new project related to it.

In a series of tweets, Belfiore reassured platform fans that the team would definitely still support Windows 10 Mobile with bug fixes and security updates. Belfiore said Microsoft tried "very hard" to provide incentives for app developers to get their apps onto Windows Mobile.

He also explained the reason why the company has made a decision to abandon the platform which doesn't really surprise us.

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In the most recent sale figures from Kantar World Panel, Windows phones only account for 1.3 percent of the market in the U.S., with Blackberry lagging behind at 0.3 percent. The entire Windows Phone platform's popularity and user base was in decline well before this year.

Obviously, it's not a bad idea to consider switching to Android or iOS as there's a good chance that app developers will stop issuing updates for their apps straight away.

'We regret to inform you that at the end of March, the app version you're using is no longer supported and you cannot send and receive messages. The Redmond giant will also release add more patches to the build in the coming weeks. "Choose what's best for you".

He even admitted that there's no way to solve Microsoft's app problems. Over on his Twitter, someone asked Belfiore if it might be time to leave the Windows Mobile platform behind, and his response was very open and honest. Back then, major smartphone manufacturers such as Nokia, HTC, and even Samsung manufactured Windows Phone devices.

The browser allows users to share websites, apps, photos and other information between phones and Windows PC.

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