To the surprise of few, if any, a Microsoft executive has confirmed the inevitable: The Windows Phone is effectively dead.While the company will continue to support existing iterations, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows, spelled out in a series of tweets why it has no plans to release new versions of phone hardware or the Windows Mobile OS.When asked by a user whether it is "time to leave Windows Mobile platform," Belfiore tweeted back, "Depends who you are.Many companies still deploy to their employees and we will support them!"Belfiore went on to state that Microsoft will continue to service Windows 10 Mobile with bug fixes and software patches, but "building new features/hw aren't the focus."He even disclosed he had personally chosen to switch platforms for the "app/hw diversity."
From a report: Microsoft's Joe Belfiore informed Twitter users that new features and hardware for Windows 10 Mobile "aren't the focus" any more.There will be fixes and security patches, of course, but you shouldn't expect more than that.As for why the platform has been all but dropped?The executive boils it down to one main reason: the difficulty of getting developers to write apps.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."Why build an app for a relatively small bunch of Windows phone owners when there are many more Android and iOS users?
This week Microsoft put the final nail in the Windows Phone’s coffin, officially conceding the mobile marketplace to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.It’s a big move, and there are sure to be some Windows Phone die-hards out there who will lament the loss of their favored mobile operating system but it wasn’t a total shock.Windows Phone is dead, but was it ever a real competitor to iOS and Android?— Digital Trends (@DigitalTrends) October 9, 2017Microsoft has gradually pivoted away from Windows Phone, leaning hard toward VR and its Surface lineup while once-proud flagships like the Nokia Lumia are left by the wayside, forgotten.— Digital Trends (@DigitalTrends) October 9, 2017
"Without the end points you aren't going to have the impact in the world and people's lives so you have to think about this next generation of computing as mobile-first, cloud-first," said Microsoft's CEO three years ago.Strictly speaking, there's no change in Microsoft's position on its dormant-but-nominally-still-supported Windows Mobile 10 today.But when the former face of Windows Phone, Joe Belfiore, confirms nothing much is happening, it still makes the headlines.For long-suffering fans the blow was delivered back in the summer.For over two years Microsoft had released Windows 10 code for both desktop (x86/ia64) and mobile (ARM).Mobile often lagged behind desktop, but maintained a rough feature parity.
Back in July of 2017 we declared Windows Phone dead – but it seemed like we might have been just a hair too early.Now, here in October of 2017, Microsoft VP for Windows Joe Belfiore just confirmed it.Not the death of the platform, but the death of the future of the platform – which, it turns out, is a bit more important than just your regular, everyday ol’ death.Our original death sentence, it had more to do with the separation of Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile.The entire Windows Phone platform’s popularity and user base was in decline well before this year.Over the weekend, t’was a Tweet that killed Windows Phone for real.
It’s time to say goodbye for real this time.Windows Phone’s death has been slow and painful, but, as CNET spotted, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division finally admitted you shouldn’t expect anything more when it comes to Windows Phone.Microsoft doesn’t plan to let existing Windows Phone users down — there will be security updates.Joe Belfiore admitted that Microsoft isn’t working on any software or hardware update.Companies and indie developers simply don’t want to work on Windows Phone apps — most of them probably never cared in the first place.We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs.
We've all known it for years, what with it's dwindling market share and lack of support, but Microsoft has finally admitted that Windows Phone is dead.Deader than the Norwegian Blue.In a series of tweets Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has confirmed that the company will no longer be actively working on Windows Phone, or its sort-of successor Windows Mobile.Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc.But building new features/hw aren't the focus.— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017
Microsoft is finally killing off the Windows Phone operating system after 17 years.A senior executive said the company has no plans to release new features or smartphones, closing a chapter for the computer giant.Microsoft has released a variety of versions of its mobile phone operating system since 2000, the latest being Windows 10 Mobile in 2015."Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc.Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc.But building new features [and hardware] aren't the focus," said Belfiore.
Windows phones have been considered to be a dead platform for a longer period of time, with its lack of market share and lack of new devices running the operating system.In a series of Twitter posts says Microsoft's Joe Belfiore that they do not have plans for either new features, or new phones.Belfiore writes that Microsoft will continue to support the platform through bug fixes and security updates, but Windows for phones is not under active development.he switched to an android phone because of the diversity of apps and devices, and also Bill Gates.Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etcBut building new features/hw aren't the focus.
It seems like a sad way to end things, but a single Tweet has, essentially, confirmed the end of Microsoft’s venture into the mobile space.Microsoft’s corporate VP for Windows, Joe Belfiore, tweeted in response to a question about whether it was time to leave the Windows Phone platform, and suggested a shift in Microsoft’s strategy:Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc.But building new features/hw aren't the focus.This comes just days after Microsoft promised to continue ‘developing’ the platform, in a statement sent to The Register: “We will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones such as the Lumia 650, Lumia 950, and Lumia 950 XL, as well as devices from our OEM partners.”Let’s be honest: this has been on the cards for a long time.
Joe Belfiore says it will continue to support Windows 10 users with patches but its the end for new features and hardwareMicrosoft says it will no longer focus on new building new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile, disappointing users who have remained on its mobile platform and those waiting for the oft-rumoured Surface phone.Windows 10 Mobile has struggled to capture support from users, hardware manufacturers and application developers since it replaced Windows Phone in 2015.The idea was that by creating a mobile version of Windows 10, Microsoft would create scale for developers, making it economically viable to port their apps.However, it appears to have finally called time on its mobile OS ambitions after a long battle.In a series of Tweets, its operating system chief Joe Belfiore said it would continue to support consumers and businesses who have deployed the platform to employees, but that would be it.
this will probably not come as a surprise, but Windows 10 Mobile is not high in the course with Microsoft.It has been dead silent on the mobilsatsningen, but now talking Windows manager Joe Belfiore on Twitter.”of Course we will continue to support the platform.But we do not focus on building new features/new hardware,” writes Joe Belfiore.Joe Belfiore, who has long led the mobildivisionen, admitting that he himself stopped using a Windows phone and gone over to Android.(2/2) As an individual end-user, switched platforms for the app/hw diversity.
While most people know that Window’s 10 Mobile is clinging on to the smartphone market for dear life, Microsoft hasn’t been very forthcoming in addressing the situation.But one of its execs has now clarified its position: Windows on mobile is no longer a focus for the company.Joe Belfiore, the Corporate vice president of Windows 10 and head of Microsoft's "PC-Tablet-Phone" division, said that although Windows on mobile would continue to be supported through bug fixes, security patches etc.— mostly for the benefit of enterprise customers who still use the platform — building new features and hardware wasn’t a priority.Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc.But building new features/hw aren't the focus.
Windows phones are really, truly dead.This weekend, Microsoft’s VP of operating systems confirmed the writing on the wall.“Of course we’ll continue to support the platform [with] bug fixes, security updates, etc.,” Joe Belfiore wrote on Twitter, in response to a conversation sparked by a user asking whether it’s time to move on from the Windows Mobile platform.“But building new [features and hardware] aren’t the focus.”It’s the first time a senior Microsoft employee has said that flat-out, but it’s not the first time one has been so blunt about Microsoft’s mobile hardware prospects.The downfall of Windows 10 Mobile seems to stem from our biggest gripe with the platform: The near-absolute lack of apps.