Windows VP and former Windows Phone program manager Joe Belfiore has confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile is no longer under active development.
Belfiore posted on his Twitter account that the ‘Building new features’and new ‘hw aren’t the focus’ where hw denotes to hardware. He added that Microsoft will continue to support the platform with security updates and bug fixes in response to a question asking if Microsoft will still support people who are using Windows Phone OS.
This comes after months of speculations and guesswork from internet users as Microsoft abstained from talking about Windows Phone at MWC, Build or the Surface device launch event this year. The response was not the only thing that he tweeted in the rare discussion about the platform in the public.
Lack of apps was cited as the most important reason for this turn of events. Belfiore explained that the company ‘tried VERY HARD to incent app devs’ ranging from paying money to writing apps for developers. But despite everything, there were not a sufficient number of users for companies to invest in the platform.
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. ☹️ https://t.co/ePsySxR3LB
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017
What is more ironic is the fact that Belfiore himself has switched away from Windows Phone platform because of the lack of apps, more diversity in the number and type of apps along with the diversity in the type of hardware available. He also pointed out that ‘MOST people have a different phone than “PC”’.
This comes days after Microsoft announced the launch of its Microsoft Edge browser for Android and iOS devices.