Microsoft finally puts the brakes on Windows Mobile

Microsoft finally puts the brakes on Windows Mobile

Belfiore went on to state that Microsoft will continue to service Windows 10 Mobile with bug fixes and software patches, but "building new features/hw aren't the focus".

A series of tweets from Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, whop has been overseeing the mobile efforts over the weekend revealed that the vendor was putting its efforts elsewhere. He has explained the company's struggle with rolling out new features for Windows phone and has also highlighted that launching new handsets are no longer a "focus" for the company. But again, the lack of available users on the platform meant the developers would rather invest their time developing apps for iOS and Android who have a major share in the market.

We're now just a week away from the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and Microsoft is warning Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring Insiders to check their Windows Insider settings today. There will be no new features or hardware.

He then admitted he had switched to an Android phone before commenting on the role of the developer community. While being a big fan of the Windows platform, his move to Android is a sign that Microsoft is no longer pushing their own operating system for smartphones.

Microsoft hasn't said anything official on its plans for Windows Phone, but recent history would not make such an approach surprising.

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"We will support those users too", Belfiore wrote.

Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself. Provide bug fixes and security updates etc. "Choose what's best for you".

This sounds like it's coming from a broken record already, but Windows phones are dead.

In the most recent sale figures from Kantar World Panel, Windows phones only account for 1.3 percent of the market in the U.S., with Blackberry lagging behind at 0.3 percent.

Belfiore also said that this slide in market share made it hard for Microsoft to maintain the support of developers, which has furthered its decline.

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