Microsoft in early October finally did what it should have done years ago: It killed Windows Phone.
The smartphone operating system’s fate was sealed when Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, sent out this tweet: “Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/how aren’t the focus.”
That effectively pulled the plug on an unsuccessful, unloved operating system that was being kept on life support by Microsoft.
Around the time Belfiore announced its demise, the operating system had a vanishingly small market share: 1.3 percent in the U.S., and lower than that in most other places around the world, including one percent in Great Britain and Mexico, 1.2 percent in Germany and zero percent in China.
It was an anticlimactic ending to an operating system that had been around in one form or another since the mid-1990s, when its predecessor for mobile devices, Windows CE, was announced. Microsoft pumped countless billions of dollars into its mobile efforts, and it utterly failed.