Windows mobile OS is no more. This was obvious since last year with Microsoft getting apart from smartphone business but now Microsoft has made it official. In a series of tweets, head of Microsoft Windows’ division, Joe Belfiore has revealed that they are no longer developing new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile. While Windows Phone fans had hoped Microsoft would update the platform with new features, it’s now clear the OS has been placed into servicing mode, with just bug fixes and security updates for existing users.

During the recent Windows 10 Fall Creators Update development phase, it has been obvious Microsoft is no longer working on the mobile experience. The software maker branched its development process into “feature2,” leaving Windows Phone fans disappointed.

Lack of Apps – The Major Cause of Shut Down

Belfiore admitted that the apps in Windows Phone have serious problems that have not yet been resolved. The developers don’t see bright future in windows app development and don’t seem to be interested in developing and finding solutions for the apps.

He says that the lack of apps is the biggest problem facing the company. The developers have failed to adapt to the platform in any major way, despite attempts to pay for or build apps for third parties.

Belfiore also admits he switched to Android, just like Bill Gates, and that Microsoft will support Windows 10 customers who want to use Android and iOS on their phones.

No More Tiled Home Screen!

The user interface of Windows Mobile was pretty cool. It had customizable tiles on a black background instead of the same old screens with icons and widgets in all the other operating systems. The tiles gave a preview of the apps. Microsoft tried something completely new with their Windows Phone OS but unfortunately couldn’t do enough to keep it going.

The Windows 7 phone was doomed since its launch in 2012. Things got a little better when Windows Phone 8 and Windows 10 Mobile came out, but the lack of app developers on the platform and the absence of new apps contributed to its downfall, leading Microsoft to finally give up on any hopes of reviving its phone OS.

Microsoft’s Future Plans

Microsoft decides to provide users with the Windows experience on different platform. In fact, they have announced to bring the Edge Browser to iOS and Android in the coming weeks  We have alrady seen Microsoft’s official Android launcher on Google Play Store.

It seems Microsoft has not given up hope of developing apps for other mobile operating systems. They are working on apps for smartphones and have successfully come up with quite a few. Microsoft Office and Outlook are the most popular of the bunch. Others include Swiftkey, Skype and very soon Microsoft Edge will also be available on the Google Play Store. Microsoft now believes that developing apps for other platforms will be their way forward.

Expect to see a lot more of this in the future. It’s now unlikely we’ll ever see a Surface-branded phone or more Windows 10 Mobile-powered hardware. Microsoft’s investments in iOS and Android will only benefit Windows 10 customers, and it could make up for the company’s messy efforts in mobile over the years.