Microsoft is killing Windows Phone

Microsoft exec says Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a 'focus'

The Microsoft executive was responding to a Twitter user's query, wondering whether it was time to leave Windows 10 Mobile.

In recent years, Microsoft made an attempt to woo enterprise customers with features like Continuum, which let high-end Windows 10 Mobile phones like the Lumia 950 and HP Elite x3 double as a desktop Windows PC on a limited basis. READ NEXT:Microsoft unveils its own Android launcher that syncs to your PC It's now been nearly two years since Windows 10 Mobile launched and Microsoft last unveiled a new first-party device. In a series of tweets, Belfiore detailed how the operating system would enter servicing mode - that means bug fixes and security updates, but no new features. "We paid money and even wrote apps for them, but the volume of users is too low for most companies to invest". The company representative admitted that they have closed all operations of software and hardware updates for the brand. Figures published earlier this year by IDC claimed Windows Phone accounted for just 0.1% of the global smartphone market.

The company is ending the Windows Phone as developers never backed that platform.

Microsoft has been struggling ever since the introduction of Apple's and Samsung's operating systems, iOS and Android, respectively.

Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Joe Belfiore has confirmed that Windows Phones are basically dead.

"We will support those users too", Belfiore wrote.

When the Windows Phone 7 OS was launched, the Android operating system wasn't the nearly ubiquitous operating system that it is today.

Microsoft had put the brakes on its phone business previous year.

Microsoft has been in the mobile operating system for more than two decades and they were well known for the personal assistants that came out in the 2000's.

The main problem is that application developers do not want to invest into a platform that it is not largely embraced, while users do not want to buy a smartphone without a rich ecosystem of applications.

He said that while Microsoft would support the "many companies" that had adopted the platform, he had switched to Android for the diversity of its apps and hardware.

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