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Microsoft kills its Windows Phone platform

Microsoft kills its Windows Phone platform

Microsoft has announced that it will be doing away with its mobile Windows Phone platform.

Vice-President for the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore set out a tweet on Tuesday announcing the company's decision.

He explained that the company would be shifting its focus to making Windows apps for Android and iPhone iOS mobile operating systems.

Phones using Windows Phone 10 or earlier will continue to work, but will only receive updates containing general support such as bug fixes and security updates. The updates will not contain new features.

The platform did not enjoy much success in its brief competition with Android and iPhone, mainly as the app ecosystem on the Windows Phone was severely lacking in comparison with rivals Android and iPhone.

Belfiore went on to explain that one of the reasons why the company failed to get more apps onto the platform was because the "volume of users is too low for most companies to invest".

When asked by one Twitter user whether it was time to leave the Windows platform, Belfiore replied "Depends who you are. Many companies still deploy to their employees and we will support them!"

He went on to admit that even he had switched platforms.

"As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hw diversity. We will support those users too!"

As part of its focus to provide Windows apps to its now former rivals, the company is preparing to release its Microsoft Edge web browser mobile app, as well as Microsoft Launcher for Android, designted to integrate more closely with Windows 10 PCs.

One of the features of Microsoft Launcher is that it will allow you to continue on your mobile phone what you were doing on your Windows 10 PC by just pushing the home button on your Android phone.

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