Microsoft confirms Windows Phone is being laid to rest


Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft has now said that Microsoft's mobile operating system as a platform is indeed dead and nothing new (in terms of updates) is coming to devices running it.

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", he admitted. However, he ruled out the launch of any new Windows 10 Mobile features or any new hardware based on it.

Windows Experience chief Joe Belfiore has confirmed via Twitter that the company has put the platform in "service mode" - so bug fixes and security patches for Kevin, but no more development.

When it comes to mobile operating systems, we often only hear about two names - Apple's iOS and Google's Android - because they are the ones that are much more popular and widely adapted by users and app developers alike. Another indication that the platform was never going to be revived this year was the company's decision to terminate its phone business in 2016, which even led to multiple job cuts. According to the most recent sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel, Windows phones account for just 1.3 percent of the market in the United States, bested only by BlackBerry at 0.3 percent.

In March, Facebook deserted Windows Phones.

'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. Microsoft no longer minds if people jump ship for iOS or Android, with Belfiore noting that a "huge, huge majority" of Microsoft customers already use devices from multiple ecosystems. Microsoft tried something different with Windows Phone, but it wasn't enough.

In some cases, Belfiore said his team paid developers money or wrote apps for them. "Choose what's best 4 u", Belfiore tweeted.

Microsoft started gutting its phone business a year ago, making thousands of job cuts.

Windows phones only account for 1.3 percent of the market in the US.