Microsoft gives up on Windows phone

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 3 years ago

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Windows Joe Belfiore announced through a series of tweets that the company has decided to end updates for Windows 10 Mobile.

Though many fans of the phone hoped for new features, the operating system has officially been placed into servicing mode. That means it will only come with bug fixes and security updates for existing users. New updates are no longer coming.

“Of course we will continue to support the platform… bug fixes, security updates,” explained Belfiore, according to Financial Tribune. “But building new features are not the focus.”

This news first came to light during the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development phase. At the time, the company disappointed many hopeful fans by branching its development process into “feature2.” While the phone platform has been dead for over a year, this is the first time Microsoft has officially made a statement about the subject.

The tech giant first gutted its phone business last year by cutting thousands of jobs around the technology. Then, they announced they were planning to switch their area of focus to multi-device scenarios and cloud-powered technologies that do not always involve Windows.

Belfiore has already switched over to Android, and he states Microsoft will support any Windows 10 customers who want to use Android or iOS on their devices.

Though there are several reasons Microsoft is giving up on their phone, the main one is that they could not find enough developers to back the platform. In addition, Microsoft has many problems with its Windows Phone app store and could retain many apps once they were developed.

“We have tried very hard to incent app devs,” posted Belfiore, according to The Hindu. “Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest.”

While this is a setback for the company, Microsoft now plans to try to bring their edge browser to both iOS and Android. They also hope to focus on making it easier to link phones and computers together.