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Microsoft Has Finally Admitted That The Windows Phone Is Dead

If you were wondering what happened to Windows smartphones, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed on Twitter that the company is no longer developing new features or hardware for the Windows 10 mobile platform. The software/operating system is now being treated for only bug fixes and security updates for existing users. 

Microsoft Admits Windows Phone Is Dead© BCCL

“Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates,” says Belfiore. “But building new features/hardware aren’t the focus.” Microsoft is no longer working on the mobile experience of Windows 10 and it was reaffirmed at the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where the company branched the development process into “feature2”.

 Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform enjoyed brief success but has been dead for more than a year and the software giant never officially admitted it before, until today. Microsoft also ditched their future plans in the phone business which also resulted in thousands of job cuts. Microsoft is giving up on the platform due to the lack of support from developers and had a plethora of problems in the Windows Phone App store. “We have tried very hard to add incentive for app devs,” explains Belfiore. “Paid money. Wrote apps for them.. but the volume of users is too low for most companies to invest.”

Microsoft has now completely switched their focus on developing Android and iOS apps as the company has finally accepted that the Windows platform is dead. The company is also heavily investing in cloud computing as it doesn’t necessarily involve Windows. 

Microsoft Admits Windows Phone Is Dead© Youtube

Recently, Bill Gates switched to an Android device and uses mostly Microsoft software on the Android platform such as Skype, Word, Outlook email and others. Having said that, we can expect to see a lot more in the near future as Surface-branded smartphones are inevitable. Microsoft’s investments on the iOS platform and Android will only benefit Windows 10 customers, and it could make up for the company’s non-existent effort in the mobile sector, over the years.

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