Recently, Microsoft confirmed that there will not be any new models or feature updates to the Windows Phone. Regardless of that, they will continue to support the platform in terms of bug fixes and cybersecurity updates.
Over a year ago, Microsoft decided to shut down their smartphone devices business, having to let go several employees, and doubling down on Microsoft apps for iOS and Android.
One of the main problems was the lack of Windows mobile apps. Even though the company tried to attract app developers by offering to build the apps for them, developers primarily rejected the offer due to the small number of Windows mobile users.
Earlier this year, Microsoft dropped support for Windows Phone 8.1. Last week, HP revealed that they are halting the development of Elite X3, a well-known third-party Windows 10 Mobile handset.
Microsoft has also tried to keep their operating system relevant in the mobile world by trying to bring Edge, a Windows 10 browser, to iOS and Android. One of its strong points is its built-in functionality allowing users to share websites, apps, photos, and other information between the smartphone and the PC.
This functionality is also available in the Microsoft Launcher for Android, which is a redesigned version of the Arrow Launcher that was released in 2015.
According to Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, the company is not backing out of the mobile hardware business, claiming that HoloLens, an augmented reality headset, is, in fact, a mobile device.