Now, the tech giant has confirmed that while it will continue to service and support the Windows Phone platform, it will no longer make efforts to develop new hardware or features for Windows 10 Mobile. 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.
Last summer, Microsoft cut thousands of jobs from its mobile division, and the last phone it produced in-house was 2015's Lumia XL. According to the executive, the death of Windows Phone simply means that they don't have any plans of making new Windows handsets or a newer version of its software for mobile. Belfiore clarified this while saying, "Of course we'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates", says Belfiore. 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.
The Corporate Vice President also revealed that he had switched away from Windows Phone to a rival mobile operating system.
According to netmarketshare, a website that tracks the market share of operating systems, Windows Phone now has mere 0.87% market share. It created the Windows CE that went in PDAs way back in 1996 and launched Windows Phone in 2000. Compare that with Android's 64 percent share of new phone sales and 34 percent for iOS (figures that are closely matched in the United Kingdom and Australia). Upon its launch, major smartphone manufacturers like Nokia and HTC and even Samsung made Windows Phone devices. There also has been the Continuum feature that let users to enable the phones to function as a PC when connected to a display. But, in the end, the "volume of users is too low for most companies to invest", he added. Belfiore sums it all up nicely, saying that it was "very hard" to get more app developers onboard the platform.
"If you're a business user., you live in Office". However, it never gathered considerable momentum, thanks to the lack of apps and interest of developers.