Microsoft abandons its Windows 10 Mobile

Posted October 09, 2017

Back in July of 2017 we declared Windows Phone dead - but it seemed like we might have been just a hair too early.

Microsoft will continue to release bug fixes and security patches for its Windows 10 Mobile users, but will not launch any new features. They follow a decision by Microsoft over the summer to end support for Windows Phone 8.1, the final operating system tied to the Windows Phone.

If you continue to use version 1511, your computer will still work, but since you won't continue to receive new security updates or other quality updates, it could become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

Microsoft culled thousands of jobs in a trimming-down of its phone business past year, and the company has consistently shied away from talking about mobile in recent times. It was said that Windows 10 Mobile would allow the users to move between desktop and mobile or tablet seamlessly - an "everywhere OS". Whatever you were calling it last time you spoke of it, if you ever did.

Microsoft has finally admitted that it sees no future for Windows Phone, and has started the process of mothballing the troubled mobile operating system.

"Depends who you are".

"Many companies still deploy to their employees and we will support them!"

Microsoft produces a wide range of applications for iOS and Android, including its Office suite of apps like Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

'We regret to inform you that at the end of March, the app version you're using is no longer supported and you cannot send and receive messages.

In other Windows news, Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore revealed in a series of tweets yesterday that the company is effectively ending its efforts to develop the Windows 10 Mobile platform. He wrote, "Building new features/hardware are not the focus".

So no Continuum, no Surface Phone and no Kevin, as the company shifts its attention to compatible software for Windows 10, rather than the mobile platform which cost the company millions.

If you're still using a Windows-based smartphone, probably it's time you switch to Android and iOS.

The mobile operating system has been around since 2000, but in recent years has been squeezed out of the smartphone market by Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

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