In case the lack of a flagship since 2015 wasn't a clue, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has come out and effectively confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile is dead. The latest announcement of sorts related to the matter, which comes from Microsoft's Joe Belfiore via Twitter, is the final nail in the coffin. However, building new features/hardware is no longer a focus. However, he ruled out the launch of any new Windows 10 Mobile features or any new hardware based on it.
Of course we'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates, etc. Microsoft tried paying companies to produce apps and even wrote them itself when creators couldn't or wouldn't get involved, but the number of users was "too low for most companies to invest".
The Windows Phone first debuted in 2010, and the Windows Mobile operating system quickly became the third most popular OS in the world. Windows phones just take 1.3 % of the United States market share which is just more than that of BlackBerry which is of 0.3%, these are the most recent sales figures obtained from Kantar Worldpanel. Many companies have stopped developing and withdrawn their apps from Windows Store during the a year ago. Are you now going to switch to Android or iOS?
When the Windows Phone 7 OS was launched, the Android operating system wasn't the nearly ubiquitous operating system that it is today.
But users have long complained that the lack of apps on Windows Mobile devices is a deal breaker. Most recently, Microsoft cut off support for Windows Phone 8.1 and above.
"We have tried VERY HARD to incentivize app developers", said Belfiore.
All of this sure makes for a testing period for hard-core Windows Phone fans.
"We will support those users too", Belfiore wrote.