Microsoft is throwing in the towel when it comes to Windows 10 Mobile.
Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Windows, confirmed in a series of posts on Twitter this weekend that the company’s focus is no longer to add new features or to introduce new hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.
It’s been a long time coming: Microsoft has not launched new Windows 10 Mobile smartphones for well over a year, and it stopped selling them months ago. Sales of Windows 10 Mobile devices, from Microsoft and third parties, have been next to nothing for some time.
It’s still supported, but you might want to switch soon: Belfiore did say that the company will continue to release security patches and bug fixes for any remaining Windows 10 Mobile phones. The OS reaches its end-of-life support on June 11, 2019. Belfiore also admitted that he has switched over from Windows 10 Mobile to an Android phone, just like Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had done.
The “app gap” played a big factor: Belfiore said that even though the company tried to get companies to make Windows 10 Mobile apps, including paying them and even developing apps for them, the low number of users for the platform was simply too small for companies to support the OS.
Microsoft is putting more focus on making apps for iOS and Android: The company has already released a number of apps for both Apple and Google’s mobile platforms, and just last week it revealed it will bring its Edge browser, which debuted on Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile, to iOS and Android.
Is there hope for a mobile Windows future? Recent unconfirmed rumors claim Microsoft is working on an internal project called “Windows Core OS”, which could create a truly universal version of Windows that can run on all computing devices, including smartphones, with no changes in the code. Assuming it is not cancelled, this new version of Windows is rumored to launch sometime in 2018.