Microsoft retires Windows Phone

10 October, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Pamela Mathis

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore tweeted to say that development of Windows 10 Mobile would cease and that it was definitely the end of the road for Windows mobile.

Joe Belfiore, a Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, on Sunday revealed that the company is no longer putting its energy into building new features or hardware for the operating system. On the same day as Belfiore took to speak about Windows Mobile phone Blackberry which has a poorer marketplace than Windows 10 phone launched the BlackBerry Motion which is an all-touch mobile phone.

Microsoft has finally admitted that the Windows Phone is toast, after a long period of speculation about the future of mobile hardware at the company.

Belfiore's series of tweets confirmed that Microsoft would continue to support the platform through bug fixes and security updates. "Paid money.wrote apps 4 them. but the volume of users is too low for most companies to invest", he said.

Chief executive Satya Nadella has also shifted the firm's focus to its cloud platform and products such as Office 365, a strategy that has proved successful in returning the company to a stable base.

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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 USA, with Blackberry lagging behind at 0.3 percent. In any event, Windows Phone 8 did mature over its short lifetime, gaining many features other platforms had had for ages.

After the launch of Apple's iOS in 2007 along with Google's Android OS launch in 2008, the ecosystem has evolved. Most recently, Microsoft cut off support for Windows Phone 8.1 and above. They have no plans to working on any Windows Phone or mobile application at the moment.

Facebook's hugely popular Messenger app was cut from a huge number of Windows phones in March this year.

The tech giant's mobile experiment unofficially ended last summer, when it "streamlined" its mobile division just three years after splashing out $7.2 billion to acquire Nokia. The operating system's on life support with Microsoft focused on supporting enterprise users and fans who've invested in existing devices.

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