Seems that Windows Phone era is over. Microsoft has ended support for Windows Phone 8.1 three years from its debut in April 2014. From now on, Windows phone devices will not get software updates and technical help.
Windows Phone 7 was launched in 2010 as Microsoft’s formal response to the Android and iPhone. Microsoft tried to prove it could make a truly consumer-focused mobile platform. Although there were some bright spots like tile-based home screen and other interface elements, the device lineup and the lack of feature parity set the tone.
It has been evident over the past years that the company is no longer focusing on Windows for phones. Microsoft gutted its phone business last year, resulting in thousands of job cuts. During Microsoft’s recent conferences, CEO Satya Nadella mentioned the desire to focus on what he describes as the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. This new stage of focus means Microsoft is now working on multi-device scenarios and cloud-powered technologies that do not always involve Windows. Microsoft will continue to update and support its current Lumia and OEM partner phones, and develop new devices. So we will be waiting to see what future Microsoft prepares for Windows Phone.