Microsoft Abandons Windows Phone

Allan Goodman
October 10, 2017

Microsoft has finally confirmed it will no longer create new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile, dashing the dreams of those who hoped it would invigorate the company's failing smartphone business.

In a series of Tweets, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Windows, said the USA technology giant will continue to release bug fixes and security updates, but not any new hardware. Since their launch, the company had stopped developing any new Windows-powered smartphones as it was still figuring out how to restructure their mobile division in the face of the loss incurred due to Android's exponentially growing popularity. Belfiore said Microsoft tried "very hard" to provide incentives for app developers to get their apps onto Windows Mobile.

Citing the lack of app support and poor market share, Microsoft has finally chose to kill support for Windows 10 Mobile. The company representative admitted that they have closed all operations of software and hardware updates for the brand. In fact, according to the recent sales figures Windows accounts for a paltry 1.3 percent of the market share in the United States as opposed to the staggering 64 percent for Android and a respectable 34 percent for the iOS.

Another person asked Joe Belfiore if it was time to leave the Windows Phone platform and this was his response.

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When the Windows Phone 7 OS was launched, the Android operating system wasn't the nearly ubiquitous operating system that it is today. After acquiring Nokia's phone business in 2014, the company wrote off $7.6 billion related to the deal, and announced laying off 7,800 employees in 2016. We will support those users too!

There has been a lot of speculation on when Microsoft would call it quits with respect to Windows Phone, and many have seen this coming.

The browser allows users to share websites, apps, photos and other information between phones and Windows PC. In the mean time, if you're a Windows Phone user, try to enjoy it as much as possible.

In all fairness, Microsoft did its best to push its Windows mobile platform, but Google's Android and iOS always maintained the lead. Microsoft founder Bill Gates recently said that he had switched to Android.

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