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Microsoft Admits Windows 10 Mobile Is Dead

Dave Parrack 09-10-2017

Microsoft has put Windows 10 Mobile on life support, administering the bare minimum in order to keep it alive. But in reality, Microsoft’s dream of making an impact in the mobile market is over. And this isn’t based on the opinion on some know-nothing tech journalist, but from Microsoft itself.


Microsoft has been desperate to gain a foothold in the mobile market for a long time. Unfortunately, it acted too late, and delivered too little. Windows Phone is no longer being supported, and, thanks to Microsoft exec Joe Belfiore, we know that Windows 10 Mobile is now just treading water.

Joe Belfiore Lets the Cat Out of the Bag

Belfiore, a corporate vice president at Microsoft, let the cat out of the bag regarding the future (or lack of it) for Windows 10 Mobile in a series of revelatory tweets. It started when someone asked him if it was time to leave the Windows Mobile platform. To which Belfiore replied:

So, Joe Belfiore, who had a big hand in developing Windows Phone and Windows 10, has switched away from Windows 10 Mobile, supposedly to Android. Belfiore didn’t stop there though, as his next tweet essentially confirmed that Microsoft is doing the bare minimum with Windows 10 Mobile:


This means that existing Windows 10 Mobile users are stuck with what they’ve got. Microsoft will continue to issue bug fixes as and when it needs to, but isn’t planning on doing anything above and beyond that. Which isn’t really what loyal Windows Phone users will have wanted to hear.

Belfiore ended by pinning the blame for the failure of Windows 10 Mobile on the developers who refused to bring their apps to the platform. The lack of users disincentivized the developers, and the subsequent lack of apps meant people were reticent to make the leap to Windows Phone.

The Only Question Is: Android or iOS?

The writing has been on the wall for Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile for some time. We stopped writing about Windows Phone MakeUseOf Says Goodbye To Windows Phone This is going to be a tearful goodbye, buddy, but it has to happen. MakeUseOf will soon be parting ways with Windows Phone. Read More all the way back in September 2014 due to a distinct lack of interest. Then Microsoft launched Windows 10 Mobile, which should have been enough to rouse new interest.

However, in October 2014, Lenovo’s corporate president admitted in public Lenovo Doubts Microsoft's Commitment to Windows 10 Mobile Lenovo has zero interest in Windows 10 Mobile, and will not be making a smartphone powered by Microsoft's mobile operating system anytime soon. Lenovo isn't even convinced Microsoft is committed to Windows 10 Mobile. Read More that he wasn’t “convinced Microsoft is supporting the phone for the future”. Then, just last month, Bill Gates came out as an Android user Even Bill Gates Has Switched to Android... Bill Gates uses Android. That's Bill Gates, the co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft who is still listed as a Technology Advisor to the company. And he uses an Android phone. Wow. Read More , and the absolute lack of support for Windows 10 Mobile became clear.

And now Microsoft has admitted defeat, and any Windows 10 Mobile users reading this should probably take their cue to switch to an alternative mobile platform. Android would be the obvious choice, but with the stonkingly good-looking iPhone X Apple Announces iPhone X & iPhone 8: Everything You Need to Know What's so special about the iPhone X? Can you really justify the $999 price tag, or is the refined iPhone 8 a better buy? Read More on the horizon iOS deserves a look too.

Do you own a smartphone running Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile? If so, how do you feel about this new admission that the platform is dead? Should Microsoft give up on its mobile dream? Are you likely to switch to Android or iOS? Please let us know in the comments below!

Related topics: Microsoft, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone.

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  1. yepp
    January 20, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    NEW Build 15254.205 has been leaked, so it is NOT dead

  2. Christopher reynolds
    October 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I've been using windows phones from their start. All the apps I need are on the phone
    It is reliable
    Sad and angry that it will not be for much longer
    Don't like android
    Or apple
    The don't have the features the windows have

  3. Marco Sarli
    October 10, 2017 at 2:17 am

    The Os was (and is) great. Better than any other OS. The problem was the hardware. I was the unfortunate owner of a 650 after using for long time a 530. I got the 650 just a few days after its release. I loved it but it was a nightmare. No assistance, constant problems, calls dropped continously, scren flickering and going black and more. I live in Vietnam and the 650 was produced here but still absolutely no assistance worth mentioning. I have spent hard earned and good money on a phone and I would have at least expected to have it repaired or exchanged. No go.

  4. Rahul
    October 9, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    What is gone is gone, Microsoft could not match up the pace with iOS and android devices... I am stuck with a lumia 950 Xl , 640 xl. It’s sad to see that created so much stress on 950 xl launch and Could not beat the androids..... I think it’s time that Microsoft comes with an android handset , just like Nokia now a days is doing........ RIP Windows 10 mobile..... it’s dead for sure now

  5. Christian Cawley
    October 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Microsoft should open source wm10 and hand it to the dev community. At least unlock the bootloader to open possibility of Android on those wm phones.