Just like Nokia’s Symbian operating system bowed out after the arrival of the open-source Android OS, it seems the end of Microsoft’s mobile experience platform, Windows 10 Mobile, is near. It seemed the tech giant was not completely in denial of this, just that nobody would admit defeat initially. The story is completely different activity-wise, for about a year now, Microsoft has not added any new features to the OS. While abandoning mobile on the bay, Microsoft is now working on multi-device scenarios and cloud-powered technologies that don’t always involve Windows.
In a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has revealed that the software giant is no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it is now clear the operating system has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates available for existing users.
“Of course we’ll continue to support the platform… bug fixes, security updates,” says Belfiore. “But building new features/hw aren’t the focus.” During the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development phase, it has been obvious Microsoft is no longer working on the mobile experience. The software maker branched its development process into “feature2,” leaving Windows Phone fans disappointed.