Windows Mobile is 'no longer a focus' for Microsoft

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The news comes just a week after Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates admitted that he no longer uses a Windows phone, instead opting for an Android handset.

The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".

Joe Belfiore, the head of mobile business at Microsoft confirmed the news yesterday via a tweet.

Microsoft is finally stepping out of the mobile operating system market, declaring itself finished with Windows Phone.

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

Another user noted that when Windows Mobile users switch to iOS or Android, there'll be no more need for Microsoft. But despite everything, there were not a sufficient number of users for companies to invest in the platform.

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Back in August, the New York Police Department announced that it was scrapping 36,000 Windows Phones after just two years, replacing them with iPhones. Android exploded due to its open sw/hw base, and iOS exploded because of Apple's best-in-class marketing and advertising game. Even though it's pretty much dead now, Microsoft may resurect it at some point.

'We regret to inform you that at the end of March, the app version you're using is no longer supported and you cannot send and receive messages.

He said that while Microsoft would support the "many companies" that had adopted the platform, he had switched to Android for the diversity of its apps and hardware.

Belfiore explained that "a huge, huge majority of our Windows/Office (and Xbox) users are mixed-ecosystem, and that most users have a different phone and PC platform".

The mobile developments will add even more weight to forecasts made last week by Steve Brazier, president and CEO of Canalys, who said he expected Microsoft to exit the Surface market by 2019.

"If you're a business user., you live in Office". The executive boils it down to one main reason: the difficulty of getting developers to write apps.