The Windows Mobile adventure is officially and definitively over for Microsoft. As expected, the operating system will no longer receive updates or bug fixes. However, the company has not abandoned the smartphone market.
Well, I think I’m writing the last article on the death of Windows on the smartphone this time! Not because Microsoft had already abandoned Windows Phone 8.1 in 2017, announced its withdrawal from the mobile OS market in 2017, then disconnected the notification system in 2018, before announcing the death of Windows 10 Mobile in early 2019.
After the announcement here is the act, December 10, 2019, Microsoft no longer supports Windows 10 Mobile and, therefore, will no longer receive security or feature updates. The system application store is still active, unlike the previous versions, Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8, which will close permanently on December 16, 2019.
A new future under Android OS
While Microsoft has, for some time now, thrown in the towel on Windows Mobile, the company has not abandoned its ambitions on smartphones. Microsoft has become in a few years a reference application publisher on Android and iOS: Microsoft Launcher, To-Do, Outlook, OneDrive, OneNote, or the Office application are among the most popular apps on application shops.
Above all, Microsoft has announced its return to the smartphone market with the announcement of the Surface Duo, which marks an entirely new direction. A device manufactured by its best engineers from the Surface team and running under Android, with the Play Store, so you don’t have any problems with the applications.
Bill Gates is convinced that Windows Mobile could have crushed Android by focusing a little more on this market. It’s a bit easy to redo the game in your head. Still, you have to admit that the Windows Phone interface was far ahead of the competition when it was released and that even today, some Windows features are still not available on Android and iOS.
However, it should be remembered that Microsoft is mainly responsible for the failure of its operating system. In particular, the company has repeatedly limited or prevented smartphone updates, particularly from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8. If it could be technically justified, the firm alienated part of its user base at each of these decisions in a market where it was already in difficulty. Most importantly, the Windows application store was never at the level of Apple and Google and lacked trendy applications and support for Google services. A situation that is repeated today, but at Huawei.