We’ve known for a while that Microsoft doesn’t care about their mobile platform and Windows Phones fans because the platform wasn’t able to generate enough revenue. Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President in the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft last year officially announced that no new features and devices were planned for Windows 10 Mobile operating system.
Earlier this week, we spotted that Microsoft’s Program Manager for Windows Insider quietly confirmed the death of Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. While answering the questions, Microsoft’s Jason Howard also added that Windows 10 Mobile Insider program is dead because ‘plans change, such is the nature’.
It’s worth noting that just a few months ago Microsoft senior executives promised to keep the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program alive. Unfortunately, the plans have changed, and now Windows Phone is no longer part of the Insider program.
Since the user base is shrinking significantly and no new features are planned, it makes sense for Microsoft to shut down the Windows Insider program for Windows 10 Mobile, and it’s not surprising by any means.
Not only the Insider program, Microsoft is also planning to abandon Windows 10 Mobile by end of next year. In next two years, only security updates will be shipped to Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft’s focus has been shifted from Windows Phone to Android, with Belfiore himself recommending users to switch to Android or iOS if Windows Phone fails to meet their needs.
With that being said, if you are looking for apps, Android is your best bet, but if security is your priority, you should still stick with Windows Phone.