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Windows Phone is Dead, Microsoft Confirms

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During a Twitter exchange with Microsoft enthusiasts, Windows boss Joe Belfiore said that beyond security updates for devices still in use, the technology giant wasn't focusing on new software or hardware for the product line. Microsoft has announced that it will no longer focus on its Windows Mobile department.

The news comes months after Microsoft quietly pulled support for Windows Phone, the previous version of Windows 10 Mobile, back in July.

In a series of Tweets, Joe Belfiore, Microsoft's corporate vice president of Windows, said the US technology giant will continue to release bug fixes and security updates, but not any new hardware.

But with one of the mobiles gone from Windows, Blackberry, a company that has less than 1 percent market share in the United States announced the Blackberry Motion, a brand new all-touch Smart Phone. This is not to be though as Windows Phone has been kept in servicing mode, where existing users will only get security patches and bug fixes. However, the lack of enough user base proved to be the bane that prevented developers to invest on Windows Phone. The platform had a tiny fraction of the volumes of users running Google's Android or Apple's iOS, which made it exceptionally hard to generate any meaningful revenue from Windows. In the recent past a bunch of app publishers have pulled out their apps from the Windows Mobile app store and the rest have not updated the apps in a long time.

Although Windows mobile phones are dead, the buzz is powerful that it is working on Surface phones which will be launched in 2018.

"We will support those users too", Belfiore wrote.

Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on. Microsoft tried something different with Windows Phone, but it wasn't enough.

Windows phones only account for 1.3 percent of the market in the US.

He even admitted that there's no way to solve Microsoft's app problems.

In some cases, Belfiore said his team paid developers money or wrote apps for them.