Microsoft has announced it is killing off Windows Phone after 17 years.
After floundering for years, the company confirmed it has no plans to release any new updates or smartphones for Windows Phone.
The announcement was made on Twitter by Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s corporate VP of the Operating Systems Group who said that here is simply not enough users to warrant any investment from Microsoft.
Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. ? https://t.co/0CH9TZdIFu
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017
“Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/[hardware]aren’t the focus,”
“We have tried VERY HARD to [incentivise]app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest.”
A shortage of apps has always been a problem for Windows Phone and was the biggest reason why it never managed to seriously challenge Android and iOS.
If you still use Windows Phone your phone will continue to work but you just won’t receive any new features and no new handsets will be released under the Windows Phone name. Any updates you do receive will general bug fixes and security updates.
The news comes after Microsoft announced that two of its most popular services are to be made available on Android and iOS.
Last week, the tech giant revealed that its Edge web browser will be coming to iOS and Android, while Microsoft Launcher, which helps Windows 10 users more closely integrate their PC with their smartphone is coming to Android.