If it wasn't clear already, it's now official: Windows phone is dead

If it wasn't clear already, it's now official: Windows phone is dead
Microsoft has finally confirmed that it does not intend to release any new smartphones with Windows 10 Mobile or provide software updates for current hardware. To make it as clear as day it means: Windows phones are done with.

Microsoft doesn't entirely abandon current Windows 10 Mobile customers because there will likely be some bug fixes and security patches but nothing new is being implemented. Microsoft has cut the funding as much as it can, and only tries to keep the current customers, mostly business customers, safe from hackers and other security problems.

Even though it was pretty clear a while ago that this is the fate of Windows phones. Now the Windows mobile boss man himself, Joe Belfiore, has revealed that he has changed to using an Android phone.

That if anything should be a sign that it's time to call it a day and move on from Windows phones. Belfiore didn't reveal what phone exactly is he using but it would be funny if it was one of the new Nokias.

According to Belfiore the company tried their everything to lure in more software developers and thus improve the state of their app store. No amount of money or other incentives proved effective, and that is why Microsoft has decided to give in.

In the end the chicken and egg problem of not having users to draw in software developers and not having software to get more users in made it impossible to continue.

Microsoft has been developing their own software for Android and iOS for quite a while since Windows phones weren't working for them. Last week Microsoft announced that it is releasing Microsoft Edge web browser on Android and iOS.




Written by: Matti Vähäkainu @ 9 Oct 2017 10:49
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Android Microsoft Smartphones Windows Phone Windows 10 Mobile Microsoft Windows 10 Windows 10
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  • 5 comments
  • KillerBug

    I think that this just means that "Windows Phone" is dead. My Windows 10 laptop seems to think it is a phone...with bloated updates that break everything, multiple built-in phone apps, and even an annoying voice assistant that is now even part of the educational edition that I only installed because it didn't have Cortana.

    10.10.2017 08:46 #1

  • hearme0

    Yeah.......nothing like coding the world's most hated browser for the world's most loved mobile OS's (how Android is so loved is beyond me)

    11.10.2017 13:53 #2

  • bw5011

    Originally posted by KillerBug: I think that this just means that "Windows Phone" is dead. My Windows 10 laptop seems to think it is a phone...with bloated updates that break everything, multiple built-in phone apps, and even an annoying voice assistant that is now even part of the educational edition that I only installed because it didn't have Cortana. Seriously... are you sure you know how to use the computer. I have other 8 machines and never had an update break any of them. I also only have Cortana enabled on half of them and never had a problem with that either. You also can disable the notifications that you don't want.

    11.10.2017 14:24 #3

  • scorpNZ

    Lucky you

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    14.10.2017 18:06 #4

  • rickhall

    Why doesn't Microsoft give us a choice to convert Windows phone to Android.

    17.10.2017 04:36 #5

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