Microsoft’s mobile platform bit the dust, due to lack of apps and limited hardware support. While last year Microsoft claimed that Windows Phone is not dead, this year Joe Belfiore confirmed that Windows Phone’s hardware and software are no longer the company’s focus. Microsoft has however assured that the company will support the existing phones with security fixes.
Last month, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for both phones and PCs. Since the update is available, Microsoft also resumed the Windows Insider program and rolled out over four builds for Windows 10 Devices. While on the other hand, Microsoft hasn’t resumed the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program yet.
Last month, when Twitter users asked Microsoft employees if there would be any more builds for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc confirmed that the company plans to keep releasing new builds for Mobile. After almost one month, Brandon LeBlanc was once again questioned about new builds for mobile and this time he didn’t have a definitive answer to that question.
We still don’t know the future of Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. If your Windows Phone with Fall Creators Update is on the Fast or Slow Ring, you may now need to leave the Insider program to receive latest cumulative updates.
Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore recently posted a few messages that revealed why exactly the Windows Phone platform failed. In a series of tweets, Belfiore explained that Microsoft tried different approaches to increase market share of the platform, but nothing worked.