We already knew that Windows Phone 8.1 was over, but over the weekend Microsoft's Joe Belfiore openly admitted it was drawing a line through Windows 10 Mobile. He wrote, "Building new features/hardware are not the focus". However, Microsoft has no plans to come out with a new smartphone running Windows Phone OS at least in the near future. This is not to be though as Windows Phone has been kept in servicing mode, where existing users will only get security patches and bug fixes.
Instead, Microsoft has been focusing on its PC products - most notably its Windows 10 operating system and Surface line of tablets and laptops - which have become increasingly popular among consumers. He says that the company even went so far as to write apps for developers, but the lack of users on the platform kept them from investing in it. Many companies have stopped developing and withdrawn their apps from Windows Store during the previous year.
Windows Mobile users have endlessly complained about the shortage of apps on the phone which urges them to look for other better options. Although Windows 10 is the last version of the Windows operating, the older versions of Windows 10 will be soon no longer supported. All this has led to Microsoft giving up on the Windows phone. To stay competitive in the mobile phone OS space, Microsoft even acquired Nokia's mobile business for $7 billion, rebranding the iconic Nokia brand's lineup to the Microsoft Lumia line of smartphones. But, in the end, the "volume of users is too low for most companies to invest", he added. But because those devices were expensive and still constrained to the handful of apps in the Windows Store, they too failed to catch on.
Microsoft had been in the mobile's software industry since last twenty years, initially with its Windows CE in 1996 for personal digital supporters and in 2000 with its Windows Mobile.