Reality strikes at Microsoft for its Mobile OS ambitions. Today, the Redmond company finally admits that Windows Phone is dead. It was a sad and painful for Windows Phone OS fans regarding the information but Microsoft had already given up on the development of the operating system long time ago.
What we’re talking about is the Windows Phone 8.1 and its derivatives which had been long found dead when Microsoft refused to support Windows Phone 8.1 devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile but despite the latter being the current OS, it is also presumed by most experts as good as dead as well.
Microsoft blamed the lack of developer support, difficulties to find partners that they could work with mainly because there was no enough crowd getting interest with Windows on a Phone, that’s even when former Nokia devices were bundled Windows Phone OS. Microsoft put a lot of effort to revitalize its own App store by paying developers to make apps for the platform and Microsoft pushed even more by Developing several mainstream apps on the App store themselves but then only a few of those developers expressed interest on the platform and that was a problem of Microsoft.
It even got worst when Microsoft decided to cut the upgrade support from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile, leaving almost the entire Windows Phone lineup in the dust. Windows 10 Mobile despite the technology and capabilities it presents even has no direction at this point. Microsoft’s acquisition of former Nokia Mobile division has failed and even failed to keep its promise to deliver three devices for the three market segments every year.
Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren’t the focus. 😟 https://t.co/0CH9TZdIFu
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017
The support for Windows Phone devices also seems non-existent and the fact that nobody cares for Windows Phone anymore is no longer a surprise, what really is surprising is that it took this long for Microsoft to realize that. However, Microsoft still made a statement that it will support Windows Phone, issue bug fixes and send security update but App development and pushing out features will no longer be there. As for us who owned a Windows Phone will take those words with a grain of salt.
What matters to Microsoft from here on is no longer about creating their own Mobile operating system and instead, create intuitive features that makes phone and PC’s converge and enable a unified cross-platform compatibility of existing Microsoft apps. The MSOffice suite is already available for both iOS and Android and even Microsoft’s Edge browser is going out to these mobile platforms as well.
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- Microsoft just buried Windows Phone… on Twitter(mashable.com)