Lack of developer support hits Windows 10 Mobile prospects

Bug fixes and security updates only, with new features and hardware not being the focus.

While it is clear that Microsoft is no longer focusing on the platform, at least not for the near future, the company seems to be more focused on developing and improving applications for Android, macOS and iOS.

The messaging service said it would no longer run on any of Microsoft's smartphones using the Windows 8.1 operating system, or any of its earlier systems - which is estimated to be 76 per cent of Windows users. Belfiore explained that the company "tried VERY HARD to incent app devs" ranging from paying money to writing apps for developers. Windows Phone never gained traction with users or app developers and has been on life-support for years.

According to figures from Statista for the end of 2016, Microsoft held just 0.3% of the global market share for smartphone sales. This helped Windows Phone users keep their data organized.

There has been a lot of speculation on when Microsoft would call it quits with respect to Windows Phone, and many have seen this coming. Most of the operating system featured a black background with a focus on text instead of icons. The firm laid off thousands of workers previous year as it slashed the mobile business it had bought from Nokia in 2014-a purchase that led to a $7.6 billion write-off. People who opted for a Windows Phone always complained about the quality of the apps or rather the lack of it. In fact, according to the recent sales figures Windows accounts for a paltry 1.3 percent of the market share in the U.S. as opposed to the staggering 64 percent for Android and a respectable 34 percent for the iOS. Microsoft admitted that there is no solution of bugs and errors which erupt in their smartphone apps. All of the major Office apps are already available on both Google's and Apple's platforms, and just last week, Microsoft released an Android version of its Edge web browser along with the newly branded Microsoft launcher (formerly Arrow Launcher).

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