Microsoft steps away from Windows 10 Mobile OS

Microsoft steps away from Windows 10 Mobile OS

Microsoft steps away from Windows 10 Mobile OS

The news comes just a week after Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates admitted that he no longer uses a Windows phone, instead opting for an Android handset. 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.

Belfiore's series of tweets confirmed that Microsoft would continue to support the platform through bug fixes and security updates. Microsoft tried paying companies to produce apps and even wrote them itself when creators couldn't or wouldn't get involved, but the number of users was "too low for most companies to invest".

Microsoft recommends that the users should upgrade their machines to a newer version of Windows 10 operating system, otherwise the machines will be vulnerable to hacks.

Chief executive Satya Nadella has also shifted the firm's focus to its cloud platform and products such as Office 365, a strategy that has proved successful in returning the company to a stable base. Currently, Android (Google) and iOS (Apple) alone account for 99% of the global smartphone market, according to figures from Gartner. It created the Windows CE that went in PDAs way back in 1996 and launched Windows Phone in 2000. Last week Microsoft announced that it is releasing Microsoft Edge web browser on Android and iOS.

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Windows Mobile users have endlessly complained about the shortage of apps on the phone which urges them to look for other better options.

He wrote: "Of course we'll continue to support the platform". He also pointed out that 'MOST people have a different phone than "PC"'. It was not until 2014 that Microsoft paid a total of around $7.9 billion for Nokia's smartphone business.

Microsoft's Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore tweeted; "We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs".

We've known for a while that the Windows Phone was dying. Plus AdDuplex estimates that as of last month, just 20.3% of Windows Phone devices were running Windows 10, with 73.9% still on Windows Phone 8.1. While being a big fan of the Windows platform, his move to Android is a sign that Microsoft is no longer pushing their own operating system for smartphones.

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