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Microsoft all but confirms the death of Windows Phone

09 Octubre 2017, 07:53 | Benedicto Grullon

Tag: Windows Mobile Dead

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Microsoft has finally admitted that the Windows Phone platform is no more, and that from now on it will only receive bug fixes and security patches.

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.

Bill Gates has already stopped using Windows phone.

Microsoft dropped support for Windows Phone 8.1 in July, and HP said last week that it would no longer build its Elite X3 handset for Windows 10 Mobiles. "But building new features/hw [hardware] aren't the focus", Belfiore tweeted late on Sunday.

Microsoft started gutting its phone business past year, making thousands of job cuts and the decision to drop the company's mantra "mobile-first, cloud-first".

The lack of users also led to a lack of developers, which continued to fuel the lack of users. However, a few diehard fans were hoping that Microsoft would continue to act aggressively to stay in the game by developing new and improved features.

According to figures from Statista for the end of 2016, Microsoft held just 0.3% of the global market share for smartphone sales.

It also made a decision to drop the company's mantra "mobile-first, cloud-first". Microsoft has a stronghold in the PC space, but even that could not rescue the Windows 10 Mobile.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Microsoft nixed its Windows Phone platform. Back then, major smartphone manufacturers such as Nokia, HTC, and even Samsung manufactured Windows Phone devices. Rather, the company is more interested in the readily available cloud-based services that can be used on various devices.

Microsoft is now focused on creating software for exsiting mobile plaforms like Android and iOS, such as its Office suite of productivity apps and Edge web broswer.

The inevitable has happened: Microsoft has effectively declared that Windows 10 Mobile is dead in the water. There is still hope though considering that Microsoft is reported to be working on Andromeda platform which it had earlier said will unleash a paradigm shift in the way smartphones have operated so far.

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