Microsoft Essentially Confirms Windows Phone Is Dead

At one point of time, Microsoft wanted Windows Phone to be the third ecosystem after iOS and Android. After what can possibly be described as a half-hearted attempt, the company today confirmed that Windows Phone is essentially dead. Microsoft has no plans of updating Windows Phone with new features or releasing new devices running the OS.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, however, confirmed that the company will continue to support the platform with bug fixes and security features. Those words are only meant to act as a consolation for enterprise users though. This move from Microsoft will likely force many companies using Windows Phone to look elsewhere and plan their roadmap accordingly. Worse, the short lifespan of the OS would have likely led to the confidence of such enterprise customers in Microsoft being completely shaken up.

Joe also revealed on Twitter that Microsoft tried to lure developers to create apps for Windows Phone by paying them money, writing apps for them but the lack of Windows Phone users meant that it was not feasible for developers to create apps for the platform.

Microsoft has switched to a cross-platform cloud-first approach. The company is now making its apps and services available on iOS and Android with strong integration with Windows to ensure an optimum experience for its customers. The company has already brought many of its Windows Phone features to iOS and Android through its apps like SwiftKey. More recently, the company announced that it is bringing Edge, the stock browser on Windows and Windows Phone, to iOS and Android.

Microsoft has no one but itself to blame for the death of Windows Phone. After acquiring Nokia, once an iconic phone maker, the Redmond company went ahead and released underwhelming smartphones that were just not competitive on any front. The slow development cycle of Windows Phone did not help things either as Microsoft took a long time to even add basic features to the OS.