Monday, 11 December, 2017

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore confirms Windows phone is no more a 'focus'

June Sullivan | 10 October, 2017, 00:43

In August, Belfore revealed that he has moved on from Windows 10 Mobile and uses Android for a better choice of apps and hardware. The latest announcement of sorts related to the matter, which comes from Microsoft's Joe Belfiore via Twitter, is the final nail in the coffin. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. Microsoft has finally admitted that it's no longer scaling Windows 10 Mobile platform.

For those who are still holding on to their Windows smartphones though, Belfiore says they will still support their mobile platform. 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. Developers of mobile apps, dealing with limited resources, go for the most popular platforms first in order to recoup their investments; without a hefty app roster, it's near-impossible for an underdog platform to take on its larger rivals. All bug fixes, security updated etc would be extended to all existing users. Windows 10 Mobile version 1511 is still slated to be supported until January 8, 2018, despite not having received any updates in quite some time. That rift was more like the beginning of the end - from Microsoft, that is. By supporting the platforms that many others already use, Microsoft can make the experience of transitioning between PC and mobile - regardless of platform - straightforward. Windows Phone never gained traction with users or app developers and has been on life-support for years. To most consumers, it is as good as gone though, with no new features or devices on the horizon.

It's not clear why the message is only addressed to Mixed Reality devs, as this is probably something all Windows Insiders should know about.

The market intelligence provider said the news had been a long time coming. Last week Microsoft announced that it is releasing Microsoft Edge web browser on Android and iOS. TechCrunch's Natasha Lomas even wrote that Windows Phone 7 was doomed back in 2012. It was even hard to retain the apps which were developed.

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