In a series of tweets, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has shown that the software giant is now no longer developing new features or hardware such as Windows 10 Mobile. Even though Windows Phone lovers had hoped Microsoft would update the stage with new features, it's now apparent the operating system has been put into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security upgrades for existing customers.
Of course we'll continue to support the platform. Bug fixes, security updates, states Belfiore. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. During the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update advancement phase, it's been clear Microsoft is no more functioning on the mobile experience. The software maker branched its development process into feature2, leaving Windows Phone fans disappointed.
Microsoft's Windows Phone system has been dead for at least a year, but the firm hasn't admitted it earlier. Microsoft gutted its phone business this past year, resulting in thousands of job reductions. Throughout Microsoft's recent Build and Inspire conferences, CEO Satya Nadella dropped the provider's mantra of mobile-first, cloud-first in favour of an emphasis on which he describes as the smart cloud and intelligent edge. This new area of focus implies Microsoft is currently working on multi-device situations and cloud-powered technologies which don't necessarily entail Windows.
Belfiore also admits that he switched into Android, just like Bill Gates, which Microsoft will support Windows 10 clients who wish to use Android and iOS on their telephones. Among the big reasons Microsoft is giving up on Windows Phone is since developers never backed the platform. Microsoft had lots of issues with its Windows Phone app shop, and also the inability to retain apps when they had been developed. We have tried very hard to incent app devs, clarifies Belfiore... but volume of users is too low for most 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 along with Android programs and experiences within the past couple of years. Microsoft's Edge browser is currently now making its way to iOS along with Androidas well as the business seems to be focused on improving the experience of linking a phone to your PC and resuming apps and files between the two.
A new Microsoft Launcher to get Android even goes a step further from improving the general Android experience, with clever customizations and PC sharing attributes. Expect to see far more of this in the future. It's now unlikely we will ever find a Surface-branded telephone or even more Windows 10 Mobile-powered hardware. Microsoft's investments in iOS and Android will only reap Windows 10 clients, and it might compensate for the provider's cluttered efforts in cellular through the years.