Microsoft is officially putting an end to its mobile phone efforts, at least in their current form. In a new support document, first spotted by Thurrott, the company says that on December 10, 2019, Windows 10 Mobile users will stop receiving security updates, bug fixes and other forms of support.
Joe Belfiore, the head of Microsoft's mobile business, admitted in a series of tweets Sunday that the Windows Phone platform is basically dead in the water as the company was no longer going to develop new features or hardware for Windows 10 Mobile.
We know you're a devoted iOS user, but isn't it always interesting to know what goes on up in Redmond? Microsoft just released its consumer preview of Windows 8, which is designed around tablets. The lingering question of course is how it compares to the iPad. Microsoft's tablets haven't really succeeded in the past, so it will be interesting to see if Microsoft got it this time.
The Verge is ready to answer the question on our mind and has compared the iPad 2 to a Windows 8 tablet on video. The new Metro UI actually doesn't look too shabby...
For those who didn't know or can't remember back that far, Microsoft was once a major player in the mobile platform game. It was one of the first mobile operating systems to feature a touch screen (although it required a stylus). The Palm Treo and multiple Windows Mobile handsets actually ruled the smartphone market for quite some time.
Then came innovations from companies like BlackBerry and Apple, and Windows Mobile's aging design just couldn't keep up. Last year, after almost a decade, Microsoft unveiled a completely new mobile OS to the world.
Although their initial launch was hindered by bad memories of the old, buggy Windows Mobile software, things are certainly looking brighter for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7....
Either the guys at Skype got the memo, or this was in the works all along, and they're just a bit slow going about their business. Better late than never, right?
Just as Apple is gaining steam with its relatively new FaceTime video chat, here comes the blue elephant in the room. While I didn't hesitate to give Skype a needed shellacking in a previous article, one thing's for sure, if they get on the ball with mobile video chat, it could be a hard ball to stop.
Even with FaceTime continuing to gain footprint in various other areas with the upcoming iPad, and the recent desktop Beta release; all it would take is for Skype to release a decent competitor to make things interesting...