It is widely known that Microsoft didn’t really have a clear stand on its Windows 10 Mobile operating system. However, a recent set of tweets from a prominent member of Windows’ team has finally clear things up.
According to Joe Belfiore who is the company’s Corporate Vice President for Windows, Microsoft is not working on any new features for the operating system although fixes and security patches will continue to be delivered to users. The same case applies for hardware as well.
Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. ? https://t.co/0CH9TZdIFu
— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017
While this might not be the actual official announcement form Microsoft that might have been waited by anticipated by the industry but the message should already be clear enough for most users out there especially Microsoft and Windows enthusiasts. Truth to be told, it is a long time coming since progress for the operating system seems to have stalled not long after Microsoft sold off its mobile business to HMD Global and Foxconn’s FIH Mobile.
Furthermore, there are also other signs including reduced support on older devices. Not to forget, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft himself already switched to Android even though the phone that he used might carry plenty of Microsoft services in it.
To Microsoft’s credit though, it is not that the company didn’t make any effort to push its mobile OS which was also pointed by Belfiore in a separate tweet. Nevertheless, it is not enough to make the platform stand strongly against the giants that are Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.
As an avid Windows 10 Mobile user myself, I do find the news rather disappointing but it is not something that is shocking given the signs that have appeared for the past few months. At the very least, the message is now very clear: time to let it go.