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Microsoft exec all but confirms that Windows 10 Mobile is dead

Microsoft exec all but confirms that Windows 10 Mobile is dead

In a series of tweets, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore explained the tech giant is no longer focused on creating new features and hardware for Windows 10 mobile.

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. He added that Microsoft will continue to support the platform with security updates and bug fixes in response to a question asking if Microsoft will still support people who are using Windows Phone OS. Belfiore confirmed that Microsoft had tried to incentivise app developers for the platform but that the number of users was too low to attract investment. But no one at Microsoft, not even Bill Gates officially admitted the death of Windows mobile. According to analytics group NetMarketShare, Windows Phones account for just 0.87 percent of the total market, while iOS boasts 32.24 percent and Android leads with 65.53 percent. The decision was made amid the company's increased efforts in developing apps for other platforms. The platform had a tiny fraction of the volumes of users running Google's Android or Apple's iOS, which made it exceptionally hard to generate any meaningful revenue from Windows. Microsoft dropped support for Windows Phone 8.1 earlier this year.

'We regret to inform you that at the end of March, the app version you're using is no longer supported and you cannot send and receive messages.

So, Windows Phone users, what are you thoughts on this? In 2015, it took a $7.6 billion write-down on its Nokia business and axed thousands of jobs.




To make things even more obvious, just in case you didn't get it, Joe Belfiore himself stopped using his own Windows phone some time ago.

As VentureBeat reported, Microsoft laid off nearly 2,000 employees in 2016, which mostly affected its mobile hardware division in Finland.

The main problem is that application developers do not want to invest into a platform that it is not largely embraced, while users do not want to buy a smartphone without a rich ecosystem of applications.

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