Microsoft announced today on Twitter that development of new features for their mobile phone operating system Windows 10 Mobile will no longer continue.
Designed for smartphones, Windows 10 Mobile replaced its successors, Windows Phone and Windows Phone 8.1 back in 2015. The Microsoft Lumia brand also came about in 2015. Lumia first appeared in 2011, previously marketed and owned by Nokia and designed to run the Windows Phone operating system before Microsoft bought out Nokia in 2013. The Lumia series (535, 550, 950, 950 XL) were the first smartphones to run the Windows operating system.
The intention was to marry the mobile phone applications with the mainstream PC/laptop operating system so that apps could be used across both. Trouble is, it never really caught on. Probably down to the growing popularity of Android, the fact the Windows apps can be a bit limited in variety (I should know, I’ve got one!) and that not many smartphone brands offer the Windows operating system in their range. The other nail in the coffin back in September this year was that Microsoft founder, Bill Gates announced he has also moved over to Android.
So much for supporting the team, eh Bill?
However, Microsoft have said they will support other companies who adopt the Windows 10 Mobile platform and some are still releasing new models of smartphone with the operating system onboard, so it’s not dead just yet. Microsoft admit they have struggled to incentivise companies to develop and produce universal apps for their troubled mobile phone brand unlike their competitors, the big hitters – Android and iOS.
So what does this mean if you’ve got a Windows Phone (like me)?
Don’t panic, Microsoft will continue to support the current mobile operating system, it just means they won’t be bringing out new features or upgrades. Support for bug fixes and security upgrades will continue.
Personally, I’ve always found the Windows Phone and its operating system just ‘ok’. It's not exactly a bad phone and does handle it's itself well when it comes to heavy app usage although it’s a bit frustrating at times when popular apps are readily available on iOS and Android but nowhere to be seen for the Windows phone.
But have to agree with Bill. My next smartphone will be an Android.