RIP Windows phones: New Windows 10 Mobile hardware and features ‘aren’t the focus’ | PCWorld

This is the end of era of Microsoft Windows smartphones that never really started!

Windows phones are really, truly dead. This weekend, Microsoft’s VP of operating systems confirmed the writing on the wall. “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform [with] bug fixes, security updates, etc.,” Joe Belfiore wrote on Twitter.

 Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore says Windows 10 Mobile features and hardware are no longer a focus

Microsoft details its reasoning behind a lack of new features and hardware for Windows 10 Mobile, and why its new focus is on Android and iOS.

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Windows, Joe Belfiore, has today clarified the company’s stance with Windows 10 Mobile and what it’s currently doing in the mobile space. In a series of tweets on Twitter, Belfiore states that as an individual end-user, he has switched to Android, and that Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a focus for Microsoft.

As such, it’s safe to assume that Windows 10 Mobile, and Windows phone in its current form, is “dead.” Microsoft has now officially stated that it has no plans to continue developing new features for the platform


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This is not a drill: Microsoft admits Windows Phone is dead for real

    It’s time to say goodbye for real this time. Windows Phone’s death has been slow and painful, but, as CNET spotted, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division finally admitted you shouldn’t expect anything more when it comes to Windows Phone.

    Microsoft doesn’t plan to let existing Windows Phone users down — there will be security updates. But don’t expect anything new.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows 10 Mobile gets its final death sentence

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Windows Phone might have survived if Microsoft hadn’t make these mistakes, says a former Nokia engineer.

    Here are the real reasons Windows Phone failed, reveals ex-Nokia engineer

    There are a ton of reasons why Microsoft lost the battle for mobile, including its approach to licensing Windows Phone, partners like Samsung not launching cutting-edge Windows Phone handsets, and Microsoft’s failure to attract app developers.

    But now one former Nokia engineer, who was based in Nokia’s Boston offices at the time of Microsoft’s acquisition, has shared the main reasons he believes Windows Phone failed.

    “There are many well known factors that caused WP’s demise, none of them alone took it down, but here are the ones that stood out most to me,” the engineer wrote in the Reddit post.

    While Microsoft’s failure to create Android would become Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates’ biggest regret, the engineer believes Microsoft underestimated Google and the value of services like Gmail, search, and Maps on mobile. Google in 2012 stopped funding efforts to make its apps for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.


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