Microsoft has admitted its Windows Phone will no longer receive new features
Windows Phone is dead, Microsoft has admitted.
Vice President of Operating Systems Joe Belfiore revealed the company is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.
Belfoire broke the news in a series of tweets.
Microsoft will continue to release bug fixes and security patches for its Windows 10 Mobile users, but will not launch any new features.
“Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc,” Joe Belfiore tweeted. “But building new features/hw aren’t the focus.”
The Corporate Vice President also revealed that he had switched away from Windows Phone to a rival mobile operating system.
Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren’t the focus. ������ https://t.co/0CH9TZdIFu
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017
“As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hw diversity. We will support those users too! Choose what’s best 4 u,” Belfiore tweeted.
The news comes as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates revealed he now uses an Android smartphone, instead of Windows Phone.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to users.
Although Microsoft has never explicitly stated its Windows Phone platform was dead, the writing has been on the wall for some time now.
The Redmond-based company gutted its smartphone business last year, resulting in thousands of redundancies.
Microsoft ended support for its Windows Phone 8.1 platform this summer.
Microsoft will no longer create new hardware or software features for its Windows 10 Mobile platform
Windows Phone 8.1 remains by far the most popular version of the mobile operating system, with some 70 per cent of Windows Phone devices running the outdated software.
One of the biggest problems that Windows Phone faced was the lack of support from third-party developers.
Joe Belfiore addresses this in one of his tweets about the platform, writing: “We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest.”
Rumours that Microsoft is secretly working on an all-new flagship smartphone, the so-called Surface Phone, have swirled around online for years.
Microsoft General Manager for Surface Ryan Gavin offered smartphone fans an intriguing tidbit about the long-rumoured device last year.
Should the Redmond company ever decide to add a smartphone to its Surface range, we can be sure that it “will not resemble what we know and think of as a phone today,” Mr Gavin told Business Insider.
Mr Gavin was speaking to Business Insider about the latest refreshes to the Surface line-up, which included an overhauled Surface Pro, brand-new Surface Laptop and desktop behemoth, Surface Studio.
CEO Satya Nadella made a similar comment back in November 2016.
Windows Phone 8.1 first launched in June 2014, before it was replaced with Windows 10 Mobile
Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, he said: “We will continue to be in the phone market not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device.
“We don’t want to be driven by just envy of what others have, the question is, what can we bring?
“That’s where I look at any device form factor or any technology, even AI.”
Microsoft has never formally acknowledged the existence of a Surface Phone, although it has made several hints.
However, the revelation that Windows 10 Mobile hardware is no longer a focus for the company means it’s pretty unlikely we’re ever going to see Microsoft’s own in-house flagship smartphone.
Published at Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:17:00 +0000