Windows phones are really, truly dead. This weekend, Microsoft’s VP of handling systems reliable a essay on a wall. “Of march we’ll continue to support a height [with] bug fixes, confidence updates, etc.,” Joe Belfiore wrote on Twitter, in response to a review sparked by a user seeking either it’s time to pierce on from a Windows Mobile platform. “But building new [features and hardware] aren’t a focus.”
It’s a initial time a comparison Microsoft worker has pronounced that flat-out, though it’s not a initial time one has been so blunt about Microsoft’s mobile hardware prospects. “If we wanted to strech a lot of phone customers, Windows Phone isn’t a approach to do it,” Windows arch Terry Myerson told the Verge in 2016, while radically putting Windows Phones on hold for a year. That interregnum now appears some-more permanent.
The rain of Windows 10 Mobile seems to branch from a biggest dispute with a platform: The near-absolute miss of apps. “We have attempted VERY HARD to incent app devs,” Belfiore writes. “Paid money… wrote apps [for] them… though volume of users is too low for many companies to invest.”
Belfiore’s Twitter posts come small days after HP told The Verge that it no longer skeleton to rise an extended line of inclination around a Elite X3 handset, a last good Windows Phone flagship. Earlier this year, a Windows 10 Creators Update cut off 40 percent of Windows phone owners from upgrades, and a association reported “negligible income from phones” after years of laying off former Nokia employees. This proclamation has been entrance for a prolonged time.
So what’s a doctrinaire Windows Phone fan to do? At an eventuality in August, Joe Belfiore pronounced that uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition, and even Bill Gates runs Android now. “As an particular end-user, we switched platforms for a [app and hardware] diversity,” Belfiore pronounced in a follow-up tweet. “We will support those users too! Choose what’s best [for you].”
Why Microsoft is murdering Windows phones
There’s a reason for those defections. Windows phone hardware might be on a approach out, though Microsoft’s mobile ambitions aren’t obsolete. They’ve only shifted to software.
During Satya Nadella’s power as Microsoft CEO, a association has shifted gears from focusing on mobile Windows hardware to bringing Microsoft’s pivotal program to each accessible platform. Office, OneNote, Outlook, and even Xbox can be found on both iOS and Android; we’ve even finished a underline on using Microsoft apps on Android phones. Android’s core interface doesn’t resemble a singular demeanour and feel of Windows phones whatsoever, though if we bucket one adult with Microsoft’s apps, you’ll get a darned excellent knowledge nonetheless.
Just final week, Microsoft expelled a beta chronicle of Windows 10’s Edge browser for mobile devices, along with a Microsoft Launcher for Android. Both will engage deeply with a Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, permitting we to seamlessly collect adult what we were operative on regardless of either you’re regulating your phone or your PC. The earthy physique might be dead, though a suggestion of Windows phones lives on—though we have to consternation what this means for a destiny of universal Windows apps.