Only Android and iOS is left
If you’re one of the rare unicorns that still love Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, we have bad news for you: today marks the final day that the firm from Redmond will be supporting Windows Phone 8.1, three years after the platform launched back in 2014. With Microsoft pulling the plug on their erstwhile mobile phone OS, only two competitors are left standing: Android and iOS.
And if you think that our obituary is a little premature considering there are phones still running Windows 10 Mobile, know that only a scant 20% of Windows phones currently in the market are running that particular OS, and around 80% are running Windows Phone 8.1. Make no mistake, Microsoft’s mobile phone efforts is effectively dead in the water. All that’s left is the crying.
Even Windows 10 Mobile has not seen a big update since last year, which is an ominous sign of Microsoft’s ambivalence to the smartphone platform. Aside from HP, there hasn’t been any big company that has released a Windows Phone-powered smartphone. It’s obvious that Microsoft has given up on its mobile ambitions, at least for now.
Goodbye Windows Phone, you had a good run.