Microsoft has finally admitted that Windows Phone is dead

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Windows 10 Mobile was the last installment for the Windows Phone platform, which was meant to fight against Apple's iOS and Google's Android, but struggled to earn itself a meaningful share of the market. It is only now that the company has come out and said that the tech-giant will no longer be developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.

As much as Microsoft tried, the company couldn't quite turn Windows Phone into a mainstream platform.

For those who are still holding on to their Windows smartphones though, Belfiore says they will still support their mobile platform. Belfiore tweeted that the number of Windows 10 Mobile users is "too low for most companies to invest". Belfiore also admitted that he switched to Android operating system himself. The app gap has left a very few users on the platform and app developers are now not willing to invest there time and money on the Windows Mobile platform. Of course, security and bug fixes will still be developed. "Choose what's best for you".

Microsoft has attempted to leverage its legacy in the PC space to push further into mobile - Windows 10 Mobile was billed as the "everywhere OS" that would let users shift seamlessly between desktop, tablet and mobile.

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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.

However, Microsoft is said to be working on a new version of Windows 10 known as Andromeda which would run on all types of computer.

Belfiore added: "We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs". This applies to the Windows Phone as well. To continue mixed reality development uninterrupted, please switch your Insider settings to receive "just fixes, apps, and drivers" without getting a new Windows build from the "Windows Insider Release Preview" ring. Back then, major smartphone manufacturers such as Nokia, HTC, and even Samsung manufactured Windows Phone devices. The new announcement also puts a big question mark on the oft-rumored Surface phone. It seems increasingly likely that Windows 10 Mobile is simply going through the motions until its scheduled retirement next October.

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