Microsoft Finally Shuts the Lid on Windows Mobile

Microsoft has announced that it will no longer focus on its Windows Mobile department.

One person on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) asked Joe Belfiore if Microsoft will continue to support Windows Phones.

Also, even if Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Phone now has no future, the company is busy bringing its apps and services on Android and iOS. In a series of tweets, Belfiore detailed how the operating system would enter servicing mode - that means bug fixes and security updates, but no new features.

He admitted that there were so few Windows Phone users that developers wouldn't even support the platform if Microsoft paid them to do so - or even wrote the Windows version of their apps for them! After Bill Gates gave up on his Windows Phone, and HP dropped its flagship of Elite X3, Microsoft has been able to see that Windows 10 shouldn't be a priority anymore.

In the most recent sale figures from Kantar World Panel, Windows phones only account for 1.3 percent of the market in the United States, with Blackberry lagging behind at 0.3 percent. Many companies have stopped developing and withdrawn their apps from Windows Store during the previous year.

It wasn't that the technology itself was bad, but when competing in a marketplace dominated by Android and iOS, there was little chance of standing out, according to Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates.

In a response to someone asking if the mobile platform was dead he indicated that although some corporate users would continue to use the hardware the game was up for individual users. We will support those users too!

However, he emphasized on switching to other platforms due to their app and hardware diversity. However, it never gathered considerable momentum, thanks to the lack of apps and interest of developers. "Choose what's best for you". But because those devices were expensive and still constrained to the handful of apps in the Windows Store, they too failed to catch on.

Belfiore attributed the operating system's failure to the fact that many key apps were unavailable on it, which deterred many people from trying it.

Windows phones only account for 1.3 percent of the market in the US.

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