Microsoft steps away from Windows 10 Mobile OS

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Microsoft exec says Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a 'focus'

While the company will continue to support existing iterations, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows, spelled out in a series of tweets why it has no plans to release new versions of phone hardware or the Windows Mobile OS.

In a series of Tweets, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Windows, said the USA technology giant will continue to release bug fixes and security updates, but not any new hardware. Remarkably, Belfiore even admitted ditching Windows 10 Mobile himself in favour of Android.

"Of course we'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates".

In a bald admission, Belfiore explained Microsoft had attempted to incentivise developers to build apps for Windows Phone, but that the pool of users was just too small.

Though Belfiore did not reveal what caused them to terminate Windows Phone, he may have alluded to the lack of app developer support as the main reason behind this move. The company has continued to provide cumulative updates though, despite that, for business customers that have different licensing agreements than consumers have.

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The browser allows users to share websites, apps, photos and other information between phones and Windows PC.

However, to make things better, Microsoft did "tried VERY HARD to incent app devs" by paying them money and going as far as writing apps for them.

However, some manufacturers - including the UK's Wileyfox and Germany's TrekStor - had unveiled new models powered by Windows 10 Mobile as recently as last month.

Also, technically speaking, it isn't completely dead but current users can forget about any new features or functionalities coming to the OS.

Microsoft is now focused on creating software for exsiting mobile plaforms like Android and iOS, such as its Office suite of productivity apps and Edge web broswer. Unfortunately, none of that worked, and the culprit can be zoomed in to the lack of enough app in the Windows ecosystem. Upon its launch, major smartphone manufacturers like Nokia and HTC and even Samsung made Windows Phone devices.

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