“But building new features/how aren’t the focus”, Belfiore explained.
Though Belfiore did not reveal what caused them to terminate Windows Phone, he may have alluded to the lack of app developer support as the main reason behind this move. Belfiore added he had “switched platforms for the app/hardware diversity”, but didn’t identify which system he’d started using instead.
‘We regret to inform you that at the end of March, the app version you’re using is no longer supported and you cannot send and receive messages. “Choose what’s best 4 u”, he tweeted. With that 80% of Windows mobile OS devices were left stranded in the wild. HP too said they are pulling the plug on its Elite X3 handset, the last of Windows Phone that was still being sold.
Nevertheless, ZDNet says Microsoft will still be involved in the smartphone industry, as it plans to bring its Edge web browser – which is now only available for computers running Windows 10 – to Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
According to Belfiore the company tried their everything to lure in more software developers and thus improve the state of their app store. Other systems, which included Windows 10 Mobile, held a global market share of around 0.2 per cent. Over. RIP Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile, we hardly knew ye.
Windows Phone is dead, Microsoft has admitted.
When it comes to smartphones, Microsoft never got it right from the beginning, although it has been producing its mobile version of software for 20 years now.
Bill Gates recently admitted that he has finally shifted to Android. The firm laid off thousands of workers past year as it slashed the mobile business it had bought from Nokia in 2014-a purchase that led to a $7.6 billion write-off. These also reviewed well, and married with the iconic branding saw a flurry of positive coverage – one analyst believed the power of the platform and the Nokia name would see Windows Phone overtake the iPhone by 2015.
Nadella, in his book, said his biggest disappointment was its human cost. People who opted for a Windows Phone always complained about the quality of the apps or rather the lack of it.