Microsoft Finally Shuts the Lid on Windows Mobile

Although the Windows Phone platform has been more or less "dead" over the previous year or so, Microsoft did not make any official announcements regarding its plans for the dying mobile operating system. Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president in Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, broke the news on Twitter over the weekend.

"But building new features or hardware is not the focus".

Microsoft's Windows phone platform was dead from past few months, but company never admitted officially. 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. He said that Microsoft tried "very hard" to bring developers into Windows 10 Mobile, offering cash incentives or even writing apps on behalf of developers. This appears to be similar to what Bill Gates has done after admitting he'd switched to an Android phone filled with Microsoft software. Developers of mobile apps, dealing with limited resources, go for the most popular platforms first in order to recoup their investments; without a hefty app roster, it's near-impossible for an underdog platform to take on its larger rivals.

"Of course we'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates, etc".

'Thank you for choosing to use Messenger, ' the email reads. With that 80% of Windows mobile OS devices were left stranded in the wild.

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. Most of the operating system featured a black background with a focus on text instead of icons.

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Over the weekend, t'was a Tweet that killed Windows Phone for real.

Nevertheless, ZDNet says Microsoft will still be involved in the smartphone industry, as it plans to bring its Edge web browser - which is now only available for computers running Windows 10 - to Apple iOS and Google Android devices. The decision was made amid the company's increased efforts in developing apps for other platforms.

Google's Android operating system and Apple's iOS dominate the smartphone market.

KitGuru Says: This move seems to have been a long time coming.

Microsoft has announced the death of Windows Phone.

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