Microsoft officially announces Windows Phone is dead

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For those who might still have been harboring dreams of Microsoft Windows Mobile making a comeback, here comes the harsh truth - the company has finally made it known in clear terms the platform is no longer among its focus areas.

Joe Belfiore accepts on Twitter that Windows Mobile suffered from some unfortunate decisions. "But building new features/hw aren't the focus", Belfiore tweeted. This is not to be though as Windows Phone has been kept in servicing mode, where existing users will only get security patches and bug fixes. Belfiore also admitted that he switched to Android operating system himself. The simple fact is that the platform never really came close to competing with iOS and Android, so developers weren't willing to give it the time of day. Figures published earlier this year by IDC claimed Windows Phone accounted for just 0.1% of the global smartphone market. If it's running Windows Phone 8.1, then support ended back in July 2017. He recommended that Windows Phone users switch to Android, iOS, or anything else that meets their needs. You can point to a few other factors in Windows' fate on phones, such as slowness in responding to Apple and Google as well as an inconsistent hardware strategy (you could rarely count on getting a timely sequel to a handset you liked). We will support those users too! "Choose what's best 4 u", Belfiore tweeted. While being a big fan of the Windows platform, his move to Android is a sign that Microsoft is no longer pushing their own operating system for smartphones.

Microsoft culled thousands of jobs in a trimming-down of its phone business previous year, and the company has consistently shied away from talking about mobile in recent times. Most recently, Microsoft cut off support for Windows Phone 8.1 and above.

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According to Belfiore the company tried their everything to lure in more software developers and thus improve the state of their app store.

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