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Microsoft is killing Windows Phone

10 October 2017, 12:42 | Yvette Williams

Microsoft is killing Windows Phone

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Joe Belfiore is Microsoft's Vice President of Operating Systems and plays a big part in Windows 10 for all devices, including mobile. The company will no longer roll out new hardware and features towards the Windows Mobile but will offer support in the form of bug fixes and security patches. Companies and indie developers simply don't want to work on Windows Phone apps - majority probably never cared in the first place.

Of course we'll continue to support the platform [Windows Phone - editor's note]. bug fixes, security updates, etc. Belfiore confessed that in a tweet that they did a lot to incent app devs by paying money and writing apps, but there aren't just enough users for most of the companies to invest. It is worth noting that the most of the popular apps aren't developed for Windows platform simply because there aren't many Windows Phone users to cover the costs. The company has continued to provide cumulative updates though, despite that, for business customers that have different licensing agreements than consumers have. Choose what's best 4 u.

As of today, the Windows 10 build 16299.15 is available to download for both Fast Ring and Slow Ring Insiders, and we expect it to the Release Preview Ring pretty soon. They tried "VERY HARD" to incentivize the app developers. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft positions itself in the mobile space post the demise of Windows 10 Mobile given the sheer scale of the segment itself.

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Satya Nadella even admitted in his book that he was against the Nokia acquisition, and states that people do not want another mobile ecosystem because they already have things like Android and iOS to fill the void.

He said that while Microsoft would support the "many companies" that had adopted the platform, he had switched to Android for the diversity of its apps and hardware. It was said that Windows 10 Mobile would allow the users to move between desktop and mobile or tablet seamlessly - an "everywhere OS".

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