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".
"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.