Picks – Windows 10 Mobile, Gone


October seemed to be the month for ending Microsoft products, the next in line for the chop was Windows 10 Mobile, which was finally put to rest and yet another platform along with Groove Music I’d invested in

This week saw another announcement from Microsoft regarding the future of one of their platforms, this time it was from Joe Belfiore about Windows 10 Mobile. Yesterday he stated after a question about it being time to leave the Windows Mobile Platform, that it “Depends who you are. Many companies still deploy to their employees and we will support them!” … “as an individual end-user, I switched platforms for the app/hw [hardware] diversity. We will support those users too! Choose what’s best 4 [for] you” which he posted on Twitter. He then followed this up with a couple of Tweets saying “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform, bug fixes, security updates etc. but building new features/hw [hardware] aren’t the focus” and “We have tried VERY HARD to incent [incentivise] app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest”.

What this all means that Windows 10 Mobile is not longer going to be supported long-term with any new features or hardware and it’s essentially in support mode only from this point onwards and with little faith in the OS from Microsoft from one of their key employees and with Bill Gates stating the other week he’d switched to Android, it seems it’s now the end of Windows 10 Mobile – which joins Groove Music as another product dropped by the company due to reduced popularity, and again the efforts I’ve made on this blog have gone to waste including many hours of time creating apps for Microsoft’s mobile platform. There is some hope for the future of Windows 10 on smaller devices and maybe even smaller tablets and hardware similar to Windows 10 Mobile but essentially being Windows 10 on ARM rather than a different OS, just on a smaller screen. Microsoft is really going to have to do something different this month to help fans have faith in them, I’m finding it even harder to maintain my faith in them, I hope events this month and this year help maintain or sustain it, or when it comes time to choose a mobile handset to replace my Lumia 950 I may have to look elsewhere…

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