Microsoft has killed off Windows Phone

Joe Belfiore reveals why Windows Phone is dead

If you're wondering why Microsoft has seemingly abandoned its platform, Belfiore lays the blame squarely on the massive app gap and the lack of developer interest in filling it. Belfiore explains that despite the company even paying for developers to bring their apps to the platform, the number of users on the platform was just not large enough.

Microsoft is no longer developing new hardware or features for Windows 10 Mobile, the smartphone version of its flagship operating system, effectively killing off its presence in the handset market.

In a series of tweets, Belfiore not only confirmed the end of the road for Windows Phone, but also discussed what this means moving forward.

Microsoft started gutting its phone business a year ago, making thousands of job cuts and the decision to drop the company's mantra "mobile-first, cloud-first".

Windows Phone began six years ago as an alternative to Android and iOS, but as The Verge reported in January 2016, the mobile hardware sales from Microsoft were less than stellar with only 4.5m Lumia phones sold in that quarter compared to 10.5m in the same time period the year before. "But building new features/hw aren't the focus". At the event, CEO Satya Nadella did not mention the "mobile-first, cloud-first" mantra of the company.

"We have tried VERY HARD to [incentivise] app devs".

However Windows Phone had been struggling for some time, as the company's devices failed to keep up with the likes of Apple's iPhone and the explosion in Android-powered devices.

In an attempt to hold a spot on mobile, Microsoft has bought the Windows 10 PC browser, Edge to Android and iOS. In fact, he even admitted that like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, he too has switched to Android. His recent tweets revealed the discontinuity for windows phones.

'We regret to inform you that at the end of March, the app version you're using is no longer supported and you cannot send and receive messages.

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