Now the death knell of Windows 10 Mobile is being rung by none other than Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, who heads up the Windows experience. But one of its execs has now clarified its position: Windows on mobile is no longer a focus for the company.
"We'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates, etc". Belfiore confirmed that Microsoft had tried to incentivise app developers for the platform but that the number of users was too low to attract investment.
Instead, Microsoft has been focusing on its PC products - most notably its Windows 10 operating system and Surface line of tablets and laptops - which have become increasingly popular among consumers.
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.
It wasn't that the technology itself was bad, but when competing in a marketplace dominated by Android and iOS, there was little chance of standing out, according to Jack Gold, principal analyst at J. Gold Associates. He further states that he has shifted the platform for better usability and asked the users to make a call on which to use.
Microsoft's Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore tweeted; "We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs". He even disclosed he had personally chosen to switch platforms for the "app/hw diversity".
The web browser allows users to share websites between their smartphone and desktop computer, the site says, as well as photos, apps and files.
Belfiore's Twitter session, that started with an emoticon response to a tweet commending Edge, slowly turned into an explanation of why Windows Mobile platform failed. Plus AdDuplex estimates that as of last month, just 20.3% of Windows Phone devices were running Windows 10, with 73.9% still on Windows Phone 8.1.