Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead As It Focuses On iOS And Android Ecosystems

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We've known for quite some time that Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile is near death. The operating system has been treading water with less than one percent of the global smartphone market for quite some time, CEO Satya Nadella killed the company's smartphone hardware division, and we recently heard commentary from Hewlett-Packard about Microsoft’s non-committal attitude towards Windows 10 Mobile.

"Microsoft, as all companies do, decided on a change in strategy and so they are less focused on what they thought they would be focused on today," said HP EMEA boss Nick Lazaridis last week. "Given that, we also had decided that without Microsoft's drive and support there it doesn't make sense. If the software, if the operating system ecosystem isn't there then we are not an operating system company."

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Microsoft's Joe Belfiore

Now, we're hearing straight from the horse’s mouth that Microsoft is done committing serious resources to Windows 10 Mobile. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Windows, took to Twitter to explain that Microsoft will only provide bug fixes and security updates to Windows 10 Mobile in the future.

Belfiore also goes on to say that Windows 10 Mobile simply couldn't compete with the thriving app ecosystems provided by Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems. App developers were more than willing to devote resources to those platforms, but treated Windows 10 Mobile like an afterthought. In fact, even throwing money and coding expertise at developers wasn't enough to gain any momentum on the app front according to Belfiore:

Windows 10 Mobile was Belfiore's "baby", so it should come as no surprise that he had to throw in frown faces to express his disappointment in this turn of events for the smartphone operating system. To add insult to injury, Belfiore also revealed that he -- like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates -- no longer uses a Window Phone on a daily basis. He has instead made the switch to Android, although he doesn't specify which device which manufacturer he decided to go with.

Going forward, Microsoft will devote the majority of its resources with respect to "mobile" on apps and services for iOS and Android like OneDrive, Office 365, Microsoft Edge for Android and iOS, and the newly released Microsoft Launcher for Android.