Monday, 16 October, 2017

What you need to do now that Microsoft has killed Windows Phone

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Sherri Watson | 10 October, 2017, 18:41

Microsoft has announced it is killing off Windows Phone after 17 years.

The former Windows Phone honcho adds that crafting new features and hardware is no longer a focus.

"Of course we'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates, etc". Belfiore said Microsoft tried "very hard" to provide incentives for app developers to get their apps onto Windows Mobile.

All this is a far cry from the 2010 Mobile World Congress when Steve Ballmer took to the stage to present Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, which launched that fall. He said that there will be bug fixes and updates for the platform, but there will be not be any new features. However, building new features/hardware is no longer a focus.

Microsoft's Windows Phone has been dead for a while now.

It is widely known that Microsoft didn't really have a clear stand on its Windows 10 Mobile operating system.

Joe Belfiore, a Microsoft vice-president and long-time Windows Phone evangelist, broke the news in a series of tweets. Many companies still deploy to their employees, and we will support them.

Even though it was pretty clear a while ago that this is the fate of Windows phones.

As we have reflected earlier the Windows Mobile ecosystem was dealt a death blow by the lack of apps.

The USP of Windows 10 Mobile was that users could run the same "universal apps" on PCs and handsets, but the concept did not prove successful. All of the major Office apps are already available on both Google's and Apple's platforms, and just last week, Microsoft released an Android version of its Edge web browser along with the newly branded Microsoft launcher (formerly Arrow Launcher).

During Build and Inspire conferences of Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella stated the company's mantra, "mobile-first, cloud-first".

Mobile devices offer convenience and flexibility for the modern workforce-but they also bring associated risks and support issues.

Bill Gates says he's recently switched to an Android phone, but with lots of Microsoft software.