"Of course we will continue to maintain the platform... bugs Fixed, updates for security, etc., But develop new features and hardware is no longer our priority", wrote Joe Belfiore, who oversaw the efforts of mobile of the company.
While most of us have long figured that Microsoft Corp.'s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Windows Phone was defunct, the official word seems to have appeared in a tweet Monday morning from the company's vice president for Windows Experience. He said that Microsoft tried "very hard" to bring developers into Windows 10 Mobile, offering cash incentives or even writing apps on behalf of developers.
Microsoft has finally admitted that it sees no future for Windows Phone, and has started the process of mothballing the troubled mobile operating system.
Chief executive Satya Nadella has also shifted the firm's focus to its cloud platform and products such as Office 365, a strategy that has proved successful in returning the company to a stable base.
Back in August, the New York Police Department announced that it was scrapping 36,000 Windows Phones after just two years, replacing them with iPhones.
The company has also switched to Android.
WINDOWS PHONE is no more. But, in the end, the "volume of users is too low for most companies to invest", he added.
Microsoft started gutting its phone business previous year, making thousands of job cuts.
This combined with repeated delays in updating Windows Phone meant that it simply couldn't catch on.
A major shortfall in the life of Windows Mobile has been the lack of apps which compelled users to move away. Windows 10 Mobile may attempt to make a comeback like Blackberry but with the near-defunct operating system, it is not going to be an easy task. Microsoft has cut the funding as much as it can, and only tries to keep the current customers, mostly business customers, safe from hackers and other security problems.
He said that while Microsoft would support the "many companies" that had adopted the platform, he had switched to Android for the diversity of its apps and hardware.