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RIP Windows Phone: Microsoft moves away from mobile hardware

RIP Windows Phone: Microsoft moves away from mobile hardware

Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has a piece of advice for existing Windows Phone (and Windows 10 Mobile) users: move to Android or iOS, or any other platform that makes most sense for your use case. Although the Windows Phone platform has been more or less "dead" over the a year ago or so, Microsoft did not make any official announcements regarding its plans for the dying mobile operating system.

Microsoft's Windows division would no more be focusing on Window 10 mobile, informed by the Microsoft's Windows division head. "But building new features/hw aren't the focus", he wrote in a tweet on Sunday.

Of course we'll continue to support the platform [Windows Phone - editor's note]. 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. Another indication that the platform was never going to be revived this year was the company's decision to terminate its phone business in 2016, which even led to multiple job cuts.

From a recent sales figure disclosed by Kantar Worldpanel, just 1.3% United States mobile market sold Windows phone. However, the lack of enough user base proved to be the bane that prevented developers to invest on Windows Phone.

A few months back, Microsoft msft ended support for its Windows Phone 8.1 platform.

If you own a phone running Windows 10 mobile, ignore the headlines that tell you to upgrade your phone immediately.

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Microsoft had put the brakes on its phone business past year. But again, the lack of available users on the platform meant the developers would rather invest their time developing apps for iOS and Android who have a major share in the market.

Windows Phone, we hardly knew ye.

Joe Belfiore addresses this in one of his tweets about the platform, writing: "We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs".

Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.

In August Belfiore revealed he uses the Microsoft Edition of Samsung Galaxy S8 and switched to Android for better apps and hardware.