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Microsoft Seems to Have Stopped Developing Windows 10 Mobile

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On Twitter, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore stated that the company is no longer actively developing new features or hardware for the platform, and that he has even switched over to an Android phone for his personal mobile needs. Although the Windows Phone platform has been more or less "dead" over the previous year or so, Microsoft did not make any official announcements regarding its plans for the dying mobile operating system. Last week Microsoft kicked off a "Continue on PC" feature built on the app development kits for Apple Inc.'s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS and Alphabet Inc.'s (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Android mobile operating systems.

"Of course, we'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates", tweeted Belfiore.

Mr Belfiore posted Microsoft had tried "very hard" to incentivise other companies to release universal apps - even writing their software for them in some cases - but the number of users had been too low for most to bother. In spite of investing in the developers and an ecosystem, the company also failed to find one disruptive hardware platform that could have boosted Windows' presence in the mobile segment.

Microsoft hasn't said anything official on its plans for Windows Phone, but recent history would not make such an approach surprising.

Windows Phones are dead. However, the user base of Windows phone is just too small to get their interest. Choose what's best 4 u. "As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hardware diversity", said Belfiore.

Microsoft went for a major decision a couple of years back when it took over the mobile phone business of Nokia.

According to Belfiore the company tried their everything to lure in more software developers and thus improve the state of their app store.

In the end, however, Microsoft doesn't need a handset operating system when revenue is far more likely to come from online mobile services such Office 365 and, increasingly, Bing and Cortana.

If you own a phone running Windows 10 mobile, ignore the headlines that tell you to upgrade your phone immediately.

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