After struggling to sell Windows smartphones for quite some time as Google's Android and Apple iOS Operating Systems (OS) surged ahead, Microsoft has finally admitted that the software giant will no longer develop new features or hardware for Windows 10 mobiles.
Belfiore said: "We'll continue to support the platform.bug fixes, security updates etc". 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. The company representative admitted that they have closed all operations of software and hardware updates for the brand.
According to netmarketshare, a website that tracks the market share of operating systems, Windows Phone now has mere 0.87% market share.
Another person asked Joe Belfiore if it was time to leave the Windows Phone platform and this was his response. Going forward, the company will be concentrating its mobile development efforts on iOS and Android.
He wrote: "Of course we'll continue to support the platform". As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hardware diversity.
As reported by Softpedia, Joe Belfiore stated in an array of tweets, "We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs". According to him, Microsoft dished out some cash to get more developers, and it even wrote apps for them.
He has a point - developers don't want to bother creating apps no one will use, and in a vicious circle, users don't want to start using an operating system without apps. Moreover, the lack of availability of apps meant more and more people were drawn either towards iOS or Android, which have far more and better apps.
"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?"