In a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware such as Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had expected Microsoft would upgrade the platform with new attributes, it is now clear the operating system has been put into servicing manner, with only bug fixes and security updates for existing users.
“Obviously we will continue to support this stage. . “But building new features/hw are not the focus.” During the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development phase, it’s been obvious Microsoft is no more functioning on the mobile experience.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone system was dead for more than a year, but the company hasn’t officially admitted it earlier. Microsoft gutted its mobile company last year, leading to thousands of job cuts. During Microsoft’s recent Build and Inspire conferences, CEO Satya Nadella dropped the company’s mantra of “mobile-first, cloud-first” in favor of an emphasis on what he describes as the smart cloud and intelligent edge. This new area of focus means Microsoft is now working on multi-device situations and cloud-powered technology that don’t always involve Windows.
Belfiore also admits he switched to Android, just like Bill Gates, which Microsoft will support Windows 10 clients who wish to utilize Android and iOS on their phones. One of the big reasons Microsoft is giving up on Windows Phone is since developers never endorsed the platform. Microsoft had several problems with its Windows Phone app store, and the inability to retain apps once they had been developed. “We’ve tried very hard to incent app devs,” explains Belfiore. “Paid cash. . Wrote apps 4 them. . But quantity of consumers is too low for many companies to invest.”
It’s now clear Microsoft has faced the fact that people don’t need Windows in their phones. The software maker was focused on iOS and Android apps and experiences over the past couple of years. Microsoft’s Edge browser is making its way to iOS and Android, and the business appears to be focused on enhancing the experience of connecting a phone to a PC and restarting programs and files between the two.
A new Microsoft Launcher for Android even goes a step further in enhancing the total Android experience, with clever customizations and PC sharing features. Expect to find far more of this in the future. It is now unlikely we will ever see a Surface-branded telephone or more Windows 10 Mobile-powered hardware. Microsoft’s investments in iOS and Android will only benefit Windows 10 clients, and it might make up for the company’s cluttered efforts in cellular through the years.