In the last few years, Microsoft has been really struggling on the smartphone market. The share of devices on Windows Phone has been decreasing drastically. Now, it looks like the end has come – Microsoft officially stopped supporting the Windows Phone operating system. From now on, all attention of the Redmond company will be focused on the universal Windows 10 Mobile OS which will continue receiving updates over the next few years.
According to the information received from the management of Microsoft, the nearest plans of the company include a release of a new smartphone running the current version of the OS. Whether it will be a so-called Surface Phone, the rumours of which have been going around the Internet for the past few months, or some another device, is still unknown.
In any case, Microsoft just has to take at least some action to stay on the smartphone market for a while. At the moment, the share of active devices running Windows Mobile barely reaches 0.3% and is constantly reducing.
Earlier this year, the mobile phone market lost another strong player. After a series of unsuccessful experiments and attempts to find its new identity, BlackBerry had to stop its BlackBerry OS project and even shut down the entire mobile unit. Let’s hope that it won’t be the case for Microsoft phones.