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10 October 2017, 06:40 | Jodi Jackson
Joe Belfiore breaks Microsoft's silence: Windows 10 Mobile is in maintenance-only mode, supports users moving to iOS
"But building new features/hw aren't the focus".
Finally, if you thought that Microsoft didn't try hard enough to get developers on board with Windows 10 Mobile, that turns out not to be the case. "Paid money. wrote apps 4 them. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest".
In a tweet on Sunday, Head of Microsoft's "PC-Tablet-Phone" and Corporate Vice President of Windows 10, Joe Belfiore mentioned that Microsoft would be assisting with security updates and bug fixes in the Windows 10 Mobile, but will no more be launching any new features or hardware.
Citing the lack of app support and poor market share, Microsoft has finally chose to kill support for Windows 10 Mobile.
In all fairness, Microsoft did its best to push its Windows mobile platform, but Google's Android and iOS always maintained the lead.
Although Microsoft will continue to offer basic support, with no new developments in the works, the platform is effectively being laid to rest.
Along with too few vendors supporting Windows Mobile, Microsoft also made some financial and technology missteps along the way.
In a series of tweets, Belfiore explained his personal thoughts on switching from Windows 10 Mobile to another operating system, as well as, subtly, recommending others to do the same.
The tech giant has no plans to block the existing Windows Phone models available in market for sale or in use, but nothing new should be anticipated from the company in terms of Windows-run smartphones.
He added: "As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hw diversity". Compare that with Android's 64 percent share of new phone sales and 34 percent for iOS (figures that are closely matched in the United Kingdom and Australia).
Lack of interests from the developers is stated as the major reason for the downfall of the Windows Phone. It created the Windows CE that went in PDAs way back in 1996 and launched Windows Phone in 2000. Even in France, where Microsoft had nearly caught up with iOS in 2015 with 12% of the market, Windows Phone has passed under the 1 %. No more need for Microsoft then. Microsoft's recent announcements of bringing Microsoft Edge to iOS and Android signified this further, preceded by the earlier ending of its music subscription service, Groove Music.
So, Windows Phone users, what are you thoughts on this?
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