Microsoft is no longer developing new features and hardware for Windows 10 mobile as the operating system is officially placed into servicing mode. Although the Windows Phone platform has been more or less "dead" over the past year or so, Microsoft did not make any official announcements regarding its plans for the dying mobile operating system.
Belfiore's series of tweets confirmed that Microsoft would continue to support the platform through bug fixes and security updates. This also means that phone manufacturers will stop relying on Microsoft's casual attitude towards the operating system and will be looking to integrate Google's Android OS, since that is the only option left. The simple fact is that the platform never really came close to competing with iOS and Android, so developers weren't willing to give it the time of day. In fact, according to the recent sales figures Windows accounts for a paltry 1.3 percent of the market share in the U.S. as opposed to the staggering 64 percent for Android and a respectable 34 percent for the iOS. The entire Windows Phone platform's popularity and user base was in decline well before this year. The company plans to launch their smartphones in Android or iOS so that they can compete with market trends.
Interestingly, in response to a tweet that suggested users might switch ecosystems now that the Windows Phone is dead, Belfiore added that the "huge, huge majority" of PC and Xbox users are already "mixed-ecosystem" users.
"After Satya Nadella took over [as chief executive], that clearly became the strategy - and after that happened what incentive was there to buy a Windows-powered phone?"
In some cases, Belfiore said his team paid developers money or wrote apps for them.
"We will support those users too", Belfiore wrote.
But users have long complained that the lack of apps on Windows Mobile devices is a deal breaker. It also had many problems with the Microsoft App store. 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.
"As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hw diversity".