You understand this. Microsoft has advised you in not so many words that they wouldn’t be upgrading the platform, but some factions held out hope for a reprieve. After all, Microsoft has yet to clarify their position on the rumored Surface Telephone, which might be a radical update route for the Windows Phone, also it technically still supports Windows 10 Mobile, the successor to Windows Phone (though there is hardly any hardware).
Nope. None other than long-time Microsoft executive and the guy who once championed the Windows Phone platform, Joe Belfiore, took a 140-character bet on Sunday and jammed it through Windows mobile’s barely beating heart.
If you would like to blame someone or something for the delivery of this debilitating news, then attempt Edge to get iOS.
Last week, Microsoft enlarged on its approach of Microsoft Everywhere by offering up a version of its relatively new web browser, Microsoft Edge, for iOS and Android. The platform-friendly version of Edge comes as Windows 10 users still have not fully accepted Edge as their default browser. Yes, most of us use Chrome on Windows.
Since the announcement, Belfiore, who now serves as Microsoft corporate vice president of operating systems, continues to be on Twitter talking about Windows, and, yes, Edge fans concerning the new cellphone offerings. Inevitably, chat switched to Windows Phone.
Aybata was asking a question tens of thousands of Windows mobile users want answered (even 0.03percent of the estimated two billion smartphone users on earth will be 600,000).
Belfiore did not attempt to duck this question. Rather, he opened , on Twitter of places, and in a rather un-Microsoft-like fashion.
Sure, he started off slow, buffering the truth having a”Depends:”
But then he informed Aybata that even he has given up on Windows Phone and is currently using a different platform (we all know from prior reports that it’s an iPhone) and in a manner that mirrors several Windows desktop OS users. (He’s not the only one.)
That prompted one Twitter user to remind Belfiore that some individuals still decide to utilize Windows Phone. That is when Belfiore dropped the hammer in some tweets that provide more clarity on the situation than we have ever gotten before from Microsoft’s official stations.
There it is: Construction is completed, EOL support is underway.
Perhaps it was the distressed encounter emoji, but something prompted Belfiore to discuss even more about how hard Microsoft had worked to make Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile something along with the rejection they faced.
Belfiore revealing on Twitter that Microsoft attempted paying companies to build programs for your mobile platform is not something you typically hear Microsoft or really any developer admit.
I had been impressed by Belfiore’s transparency, but, this being Twitter, some went to the attack.
Microsoft still wants 1 billion Windows 10 users, however its approach long ago stopped being about Windows Everywhere and has transitioned to Microsoft Everywhere, which is why it’s so comfortable porting core programs to other platforms and why Belfiore is so confident debating with Windows lovers on Twitter.
This mobile-first Microsoft Everywhere strategy is what sets Microsoft apart from Apple, which still maintains a closed ecosystem with merchandise parts bolted onto complete a comprehensive and inescapable Apple World.
Microsoft lost the smartphone war so long ago that it does’t bother to sow the seeds of doubt on social media as soon as it comes to its mobile platform’s future.
A brand new (140-character) voice?
Belfiore’s Twitter thread, however, marks some of Microsoft’s greatest and most populous announcements about the fate of Microsoft’s mobile strategy and needs to be viewed as a sign for many Windows cellular customers when they think about future deployments. Purchasing too heavily in Windows on cellular could be a mistake.
I’m considering companies like Delta. As a frequent flier, I marvel at how the flight attendants still use Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone phablets (they standardized on the platform in 2013) to conduct in-flight beverage and meal trades. Pilots, as found by a Delta spokesperson, utilize Surface tablets. On a recent flight, I thought I seen one attendant using an iPhone, but that could have been an air-pressure-induced hallucination.
Like Joe said, “bug fixes, security updates, etc.. But constructing new features/hw aren’t the focus.”