Microsoft Stops Work On Windows 10 Features & Hardware

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Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows 10 and head of Microsoft's "PC-Tablet-Phone" division said on Twitter that it will stop focusing on new features and hardware instead will continue to support the Windows 10 Mobile platform with bug fixes and security updates. Belfiore confirmed that he himself has switched to Android "for the app/hardware diversity". They tried "VERY HARD" to incentivize the app developers.

He said Microsoft will continue to support the platform with bug fixes and security updates, but new features and hardware is not the focus.

Quiz: What do you know about Windows 10? However, the "volume of users is too low for most companies to invest", and that was the major problem faced.

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Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone 8.1, the most popular version of its mobile operating system in July.

But the platform suffered due a lack of apps in its app store, Windows Marketplace, and the inability to offer timely updates as compared to the fast evolving Android. Even as Microsoft hasn't launched any new Windows Phone handset in years, in a 2015 interview with Panos Panay, vice president of Microsoft who oversees devices, Wired's David Pierce had noted that the company was testing new devices.

Microsoft shifted focus from developing the Windows phone to improving apps for iOS and Android users, with Microsoft Edge to be released soon on both operating devices, and linking devices such as laptops to phones.

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However, Microsoft could make a comeback with Windows Mobile when things look alright for the company just like BlackBerry did just a few months back.

According to the most recent sales figures from Kantar Worldpanel, Windows phones account for just 1.3 percent of the market in the USA, while BlackBerry is at 0.3 percent.

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