Microsoft steps away from Windows 10 Mobile OS

Microsoft appears to be moving away from its smartphone operating system, Windows 10 Mobile, according to BBC News.

Microsoft Windows 10 chief Joe Belfiore tweeted that it was no longer a “focus” for the tech company to develop new features and hardware for the mobile operating system. Belfiore added that he had changed to an Android phone himself.

The USP of Windows 10 Mobile was that users could run the same ‘universal apps’ on PCs and handsets, but the concept did not prove successful. IDC research figures showed that Windows 10 Mobile handsets represented a mere 0.03% of smartphone shipments within the global market between April and June 2017.

IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo said: “There wasn’t a range of devices running Windows 10 Mobile, so it wasn’t attractive to retailers or operators. And from a consumer perspective, the operating system didn’t provide as good an experience as Android or iOS.”

Belfiore’s series of tweets confirmed that Microsoft would continue to support the platform through bug fixes and security updates. Belfiore confirmed that Microsoft had tried to incentivise app developers for the platform but that the number of users was too low to attract investment.

However, Microsoft is said to be working on a new version of Windows 10 known as Andromeda which would run on all types of computer. The platform would be compatible with all third-party apps without a special ‘universal’ version being required.