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09 October 2017, 11:49 | Anita Wise
Microsoft exec says Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a 'focus'
While Microsoft has always stated that it is committed to Windows phones and that updates would be coming, now there are signs that the platform has no future. He wrote, "Building new features/hardware are not the focus". 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. According to him, Microsoft dished out some cash to get more developers, and it even wrote apps for them.
Microsoft doesn't plan to let existing Windows Phone users down - there will be security updates.
Microsoft's recent strategy in the mobile space has focused around bringing its software products to Android and iOS. It created the Windows CE that went in PDAs way back in 1996 and launched Windows Phone in 2000.
The USP of Windows 10 Mobile was that users could run the same "universal apps" on PCs and handsets, but the concept did not prove successful. With Belfiore admitting that even he has switched to Android, it is like a punch in the teeth of Microsoft. Based on his experience though, he shared that he only switched to competing devices due to the latter's app diversity.
Over the weekend, t'was a Tweet that killed Windows Phone for real. "Choose what's best for you".
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He did, however, say the firm would continue to support the platform by launching new security updates and fixing software bugs. The firm laid off thousands of workers past year as it slashed the mobile business it had bought from Nokia in 2014-a purchase that led to a $7.6 billion write-off.
Microsoft still develops applications and offers services to iOS and Android platforms. Belfiore, an executive at Microsoft, once the face of Windows Phone himself, has declared that the Windows Phone is dead.
The Washington-headquartered tech giant had abandoned smartphone operating system hopes.
All of this sure makes for a testing period for hard-core Windows Phone fans.
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