Microsoft is no longer developing new features and hardware for Windows 10 mobile as the operating system is officially placed into servicing mode. According to a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore revealed the system would just fix bugs and do security updates for existing users. At the end of last month, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates revealed he is using an Android phone, although it does have ‘a lot of Microsoft software’. And now Windows Phone is over, officially dead (08/10/2017).
The information from Microsoft about the Windows Phone comes nearly two years after the company decided to move away from its ambitious smartphone project. Earlier in 2016, the company decided to kind of shut down the smartphone division — almost wholly made of the Nokia’s phone department that Microsoft had acquired earlier. The company then also gave its blessings to many in that phone department who broke away to form a new company called HMD Global, which is now making Android phones under brand Nokia. The Nokia 6, the Nokia 8 and the Nokia 5 are the device made by this company.
Brief History About Windows Phone..
October 2010 :- It was almost exactly seven years ago, on October 11th, 2010, that noted tech geek Stephen Fry stood in front of a captive audience in London and declared himself thrilled to be endorsing the new Windows Phone OS. Windows Phone 7 was the first version or first release, released on October 21, 2010.
November 2011 :- The contributions of the Windows Phone ecosystem to the wider field of smartphone design have never been properly recognized. The platform launched with some gorgeous and truly unique phones like the Samsung Omnia 7 with a 4-inch OLED display, Dell Venue Pro with a slide-out keyboard, and HTC 7 Surround with a big integrated speaker and kickstand. But it was the following year, when HTC introduced the Windows Phone 8X and 8S and Nokia launched the Lumia 800, that we really saw Windows Phone push out in front in the industrial design stakes.
Windows Phone had some of the finest hardware around. (The contemporary iPhone, the 4S, was nice, but it was a reiteration of a year-old design and it had a smaller screen.)
July 2013 :- Windows Phone disturbed our preconceptions about good user interfaces when it launched. The OS then gave us some of the nicest phone hardware we’d seen. And before its star started to fade, it managed to move the needle on camera technology, too, courtesy of the Lumia 1020 and its iconic round camera bump. The Lumia 1020 was a more mainstream version of the hardcore Nokia 808 PureView running Symbian. Both phones had 41-megapixel camera sensors, and both marked significant advances in mobile imaging.
August 2013 :- Perhaps the biggest missing app for Microsoft was YouTube, and that was no accident. There’s a long history of hostilities between Google and Microsoft over YouTube’s presence on Windows Phone, but ultimately I think Google just didn’t want to give WP the chance to become a legitimate Android rival. Most internet use is now mobile, and YouTube occupies a huge chunk of our time while we’re on our phones, so any platform that’s missing a proper YouTube app is at a massive disadvantage
April 2014 :- Microsoft bit the bullet and just acquired the storied Finnish phone manufacturer. What followed were a series of rebranding and repositioning efforts and the first Microsoft logos embossed on modern-era smartphones. But Microsoft couldn’t alter the trajectory that had been set by its insurmountable app deficit and it just kept trying to appeal on the basis of the traditional Nokia strengths of imaging and design.
August 2015 :- So what’s happened in the three years since Microsoft bought Nokia? Well, in 2015 the smartphone market was confirmed to be a total iPhone / Android duopoly, with Gartner reporting 96.8 percent of all phones sold having one or the other OS. Microsoft claimed 2.5 percent of the market then, and it’s only been going down since.
Microsoft has too many things to focus on (say Windows, Office, Servers, Services etc..,). Even if they tried hard, I don’t think they would have succeeded in beating Apple or Google as they are backed by huge open source communities and strong mobile app base. Well, the topic isn’t success or failure of Microsoft in mobile market.