Win­dows mo­bile is dead

The Irish Times - Business - - TECHNOLOGY - Marie Boran twit­ter.com/joe­belfiore

It seems Mi­crosoft’s mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem has fi­nally been laid to rest.

Joe Belfiore, cor­po­rate vice-pres­i­dent in the Op­er­at­ing Sys­tems Group at Mi­crosoft and the lead on Win­dows 10, tweeted they will con­tinue to sup­port the plat­form with bug fixes and se­cu­rity up­dates, but new fea­tures and hard­ware were not “the fo­cus”.

“We have tried VERY HARD to in­cent[ivise] app devs,” said Belfiore, ex­plain­ing that the Win­dows Mo­bile di­vi­sion had en­cour­aged app de­vel­op­ers by pay­ing them to cre­ate apps while pop­u­lat­ing the Mo­bile app mar­ket­place with Mi­crosoft-cre­ated apps, but that ul­ti­mately the vol­ume of users was sim­ply too low for most companies to in­vest.

Belfiore went on to say that he per­son­ally “as an in­di­vid­ual end-user”, switched plat­forms (he didn’t say whether he mi­grated to iOS or An­droid) for app and hard­ware di­ver­sity, ad­vis­ing a Win­dows Mo­bile user to “choose what’s best” for them when asked whether it was time to leave the plat­form.

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