The mobile developments will add even more weight to forecasts made last week by Steve Brazier, president and CEO of Canalys, who said he expected Microsoft to exit the Surface market by 2019. Belfiore didn't reveal what phone exactly is he using but it would be amusing if it was one of the new Nokias.
In a series of tweets, Belfiore not only confirmed the end of the road for Windows Phone, but also discussed what this means moving forward. But one of its execs has now clarified its position: Windows on mobile is no longer a focus for the company.
"Of course we'll continue to support the platform. bug fixes, security updates, et cetera", he said. The company has continued to provide cumulative updates though, despite that, for business customers that have different licensing agreements than consumers have. Even Belfiore admits he switched to Android for the app and hardware diversity.
As reported by Softpedia, Joe Belfiore stated in an array of tweets, "We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs". The entire Windows Phone platform's popularity and user base was in decline well before this year.
This sounds like it's coming from a broken record already, but Windows phones are dead.
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The company has also switched to Android. In August, Belfore revealed that he has moved on from Windows 10 Mobile and uses Android for a better choice of apps and hardware.
Sound like any of these ideas might push Microsoft into the future, or at least give some incentive for Windows Phone users to continue using Microsoft devices?
It also chose to drop the company's mantra "mobile-first, cloud-first". Instead, he stated that their focus now is on intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.
It's no secret that work on Windows 10 Mobile has wound down given the lack of new devices and software features (talk of mobile Windows updates was virtually absent at Build, for example), but what's happening with it, exactly? It seems increasingly likely that Windows 10 Mobile is simply going through the motions until its scheduled retirement next October.