Microsoft Abandons Windows Phone

Microsoft Abandons Windows Phone
Scrapping Windows Phone Leaves Microsoft's Mobile Plans in Tatters .

(CCM) — Microsoft has finally admitted that it sees no future for Windows Phone and has started the process of mothballing the troubled mobile operating system. The move leaves the company's plans to be a rival to Apple and Google in the mobile space in tatters.

Joe Belfiore, a Microsoft vice-president and long-time Windows Phone evangelist, broke the news in a series of tweets. He recommended that Windows Phone users switch to Android, iOS, or anything else that meets their needs. "Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus," he said, rounding off the tweet with a sad face.

Belfiore attributed the operating system's failure to the fact that many key apps were unavailable on it, which deterred many people from trying it. This in turn made deterred developers from working on apps for Windows Phone. He admitted that in a private capacity he had already abandoned the operating system and uses an alternative, although he did not specify which one.

"We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest," he explained, adding another sad face.

He said that instead of encouraging Windows Phone development, Microsoft will continue to develop its own apps for other mobile operating systems.

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