Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has announced that Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a focus for the company and that no new hardware should be expected.
Welcome to the 2017 edition of Schrödinger’s cat, where nobody is really able to tell whether Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mobile is wholly dead or merely on life support.
Some confirmation came in the form of a tweet by Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, who recently announced that the mobile operating system is “no longer a focus” for the company.
Belfiore added that fans of the system should not expect any new hardware to debut in the near future – giving us reason to believe that the Redmond firm may never debut its much-anticipated Surface Mobile, despite CEO Satya Nadella’s assurances that new Windows Phones may arrive in the future.
Belfiore confirmed that while Microsoft will continue to support the platform with bug fixes and security updates. One can infer, however, that the system may not be getting a major update anytime soon.
The writing has been on the wall for some time – Windows 10 Mobile has captured less than 1% of the market thanks to the unstoppable machine that is Android, and Apple’s iOS ecosystem shows no signs of slowing.
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
In fact, it seems that Microsoft itself has recognized this conundrum with the recent rebranding of Arrow Launcher to Microsoft Launcher. That, coupled with the availability of Microsoft’s services across other popular ecosystems and products such as the terribly named Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition point to the fact that the firm may be repositioning itself in the market.
One of the key features of Microsoft’s Arrow Launcher is compatibility with Windows 10’s Pick Up Where I Left Off feature, which enables Android users to continue a certain action on their PC similarly to how iOS and macOS integrate through Continuity.
If this is indeed the Redmond company’s focus, we may well see more Microsoft-branded devices running Android in the very near future.
Until we hear otherwise, it seems the only thing left to do is conclude that Windows 10 Mobile has reached the end of the line.
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