Windows Phones Are (Pretty Much) Dead

Microsoft exec says Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a 'focus'

Joe Belfiore said Microsoft is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 mobile phones.

Joe Belfiore accepts on Twitter that Windows Mobile suffered from some unfortunate decisions.

The head of Microsoft's Windows division says that Windows 10 mobile is not going to be a focus for the company anymore as the number of users is too less for the companies to invest.

As much as Microsoft tried, the company couldn't quite turn Windows Phone into a mainstream platform. Belfiore in another tweet insisted that the company will continue to support the platform by releasing bug fixes and security updates.

"Most Microsoft applications are now available and supported on other mobile operating systems", said Mr Jeronimo. However, the company has never officially admitted the same.

From a recent sales figure disclosed by Kantar Worldpanel, just 1.3% United States mobile market sold Windows phone. This is also the last Windows 10 fall Creators Update build that the company sent to Windows Insiders.

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In a response to someone asking if the mobile platform was dead he indicated that although some corporate users would continue to use the hardware the game was up for individual users.

This sounds like it's coming from a broken record already, but Windows phones are dead.

When the Windows Phone 7 OS was launched, the Android operating system wasn't the nearly ubiquitous operating system that it is today.

Microsoft started gutting its phone business a year ago, making thousands of job cuts. However, the user base of Windows phone is just too small to get their interest.

As reported by Softpedia, Joe Belfiore stated in an array of tweets, "We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs".

Microsoft has been in the mobile operating system for more than two decades and they were well known for the personal assistants that came out in the 2000's. While being a big fan of the Windows platform, his move to Android is a sign that Microsoft is no longer pushing their own operating system for smartphones. The executive boils it down to one main reason: the difficulty of getting developers to write apps.

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