The death of Windows Phone has been a recurring topic in the tech press as its share fell over the years. But this seems to be the definitive nail in the coffin.
A tweet from Joe Belfiore, a corporate vice-president in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, laid any doubts to rest.
In response to a query on Twitter, Belfiore said: "Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus."
Of course we'll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hw aren't the focus. ? https://t.co/0CH9TZdIFu— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017
And he added: "As an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hw diversity. We will support those users too! Choose what's best 4 u."
"We have tried VERY HARD to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest," he said.
But Belfiore refused to acknowledge that the lack of Windows Phone would result in users also quitting Windows on the desktop.
"When people switch to iOS or Android they will switch ecosystems, too. No more need for Microsoft then. That'll be your next big problem," one person pointed out,
Belfiore responded: "Actually, a huge, huge majority of our Windows/Office (and Xbox) users are mixed-ecosystem. MOST people have a different phone than 'PC'."