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Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has revealed that the company has stopped developing hardware and software for Windows 10 Mobile via a series of October 9 tweets.
Microsoft Admits Ceasing Development for Windows 10 Mobile Via Twitter
Windows phone is dead?


It is clear that the mobile operating system is in servicing mode where it just fixes bugs and security issues for existing users.

Joe Belfiore of Windows 10 team
Joe Belfiore of Windows 10 team




There has been no major update in development for the Windows Phone platform for over a year and Microsoft has since yet to officially admit this. This was because Microsoft severed its phone business arm last year which resulted in massive job cuts.






Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, says Belfiore. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. During the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development phase, it has been obvious Microsoft is no longer working on the mobile experience. The software maker branched its development process into feature2, leaving Windows Phone fans disappointed.

CEO Satya Nadella revealed the new mantra "mobile-first, cloud-first" which favors and focuses on intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. This new focus means that Microsoft is now working with multi-device situations and cloud powered technology that does not necessarily involve windows.

Recently, Bill Gates himself admitted that he has switched to Android. This was followed by Belfiore. Microsoft will now support Windows 10 customers who chooses Android or iOS mobile devices. The reason for this is that developers for Windows Phone had very little support from developers because of the low user base.

We have tried very hard to incent app devs, explains Belfiore. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest.

Microsoft has finally realized that people don't need Windows on their phones now and that the software maker have decided to focus on experiences beyond it.

A new Microsoft Launcher for Android was released that was designed to be customizable and was designed to easily integrate for PC sharing features. We should expect more from the software giant in the future.

Personally, I like this change as we need better quality apps for both iOS and Android that integrates well with larger devices with Windows 10. 
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