Microsoft sounds the death knell for Windows Phone

10 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
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The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus". Things got better with Windows Phone 8.1 as more Android-like features were added to the platform before Windows 10 Mobile rolled out with a lot of bugs, leading to an unsuitable user experience. Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president in Microsoft's Operating Systems Group, broke the news on Twitter over the weekend.

Of course we'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates, etc, goal building new features/hw aren't the focus.

Even though Microsoft has reported a fall in Surface PC line and Windows phones revenues, the Redmond-based tech giant is reportedly aiming for new devices called "Surface Phones" and has made its patent public.

When asked by a user whether it is "time to leave Windows Mobile platform", Belfiore tweeted back, "Depends who you are".

Another user noted that when Windows Mobile users switch to iOS or Android, there'll be no more need for Microsoft. It is worth noting that the most of the popular apps aren't developed for Windows platform simply because there aren't many Windows Phone users to cover the costs.

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It is widely acknowledged that Microsoft missed the transition to mobile devices that followed the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007.

Lack of apps was cited as the most important reason for this turn of events.

He then admitted he had switched to an Android phone before commenting on the role of the developer community. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. This is hard to overcome even with Microsoft's billions of dollars invested into mobile.

It's not clear why the message is only addressed to Mixed Reality devs, as this is probably something all Windows Insiders should know about. Microsoft struggled a very long time to make its mobile platform as successful as Android.

If you would like to keep your machine away from the Redstone 4 builds, you'll need to update the Windows Insider settings and select the Release Preview Ring option - "just fixes, apps, and drivers".

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