Microsoft finally admits Windows Phone is dead

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Windows Phone's death has been slow and painful, but, as CNET spotted, the head of Microsoft's Windows division finally admitted you shouldn't expect anything more when it comes to Windows Phone.

These developments may also have played a part in Microsoft's move away from smartphones, with Belfiore now seemingly confirming that chapter of the company's history has come to an end. Belfiore has detailed the reasons for this failure, including the lack of apps, which has always leaded the platform. "Paid money. wrote apps 4 them. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest", he said. To most consumers, it is as good as gone though, with no new features or devices on the horizon. After all, there's just no incentive in building apps for Windows 10 Mobile when Android and iOS have significantly more users (even Bill Gates is using an Android phone now).

Microsoft is now focused on creating software for exsiting mobile plaforms like Android and iOS, such as its Office suite of productivity apps and Edge web broswer.

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According to him Windows 10 Mobile in no longer a focus for Microsoft but they will continue to support the platform.

The last releases of Microsoft's phones powered by Windows were the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

Belfiore also said that this slide in market share made it hard for Microsoft to maintain the support of developers, which has furthered its decline. However, it has not abandoned the platform completely as the executive notes that bug and security fixes will continue to be released in a timely fashion. He even disclosed he had personally chosen to switch platforms for the "app/hw diversity".

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Microsoft officially launched its Windows Phone platform back in 2010 in an attempt to shoehorn itself into the lucrative smartphone market with Apple and Google.

In the most recent sale figures from Kantar World Panel, Windows phones only account for 1.3 percent of the market in the United States, with Blackberry lagging behind at 0.3 percent. Unfortunately, none of that worked, and the culprit can be zoomed in to the lack of enough app in the Windows ecosystem.

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