The former Windows Phone honcho adds that crafting new features and hardware is no longer a focus. But for existing Windows Mobile user, Microsoft will continue to support the platform and will continue to provide bug fixes and security updates for the system. Microsoft tried paying companies to produce apps and even wrote them itself when creators couldn't or wouldn't get involved, but the number of users was "too low for most companies to invest".
Microsoft will now support Windows 10 customers who want to use Android and iOS on their phones. It is worth noting that the most of the popular apps aren't developed for Windows platform simply because there aren't many Windows Phone users to cover the costs. However, it has not abandoned the platform completely as the executive notes that bug and security fixes will continue to be released in a timely fashion.
With this Tweet it's is clear that Microsoft has put the final nail in the coffin of Windows 10 Mobile. But because those devices were expensive and still constrained to the handful of apps in the Windows Store, they too failed to catch on. We can't ignore that Microsoft has a strong hold in PC market and most of us use Windows 10 on our PC or laptop having a new platform within Microsoft's ecosystem will be awesome.
But the ecosystem has struggled since the launch of Apple's iOs in 2007 and Google's Android operating system (launched in 2008). "But building new features/ow aren't the focus", Belfiore explained. It was even hard to retain the apps which were developed.
"After Satya Nadella took over [as chief executive], that clearly became the strategy - and after that happened what incentive was there to buy a Windows-powered phone?"
Microsoft had been in the mobile's software industry since last twenty years, initially with its Windows CE in 1996 for personal digital supporters and in 2000 with its Windows Mobile.
Microsoft has announced the death of Windows Phone.