And yet another era comes to an end with the official death of the Windows Phone. According to updates, Microsoft has killed off the Windows Phone 8.1 support, more than three years after the company first introduced the update.
The end of support depicts an end to the Windows Phone era, and the devices under the system. While most already accepted the death of Windows Phone more than a year ago, AdDuplex estimated that nearly 80% of all Windows-powered phones were still running Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, and Windows Phone 8.1. However, all these sets are now officially unsupported, where only 20% of all Windows phones are running the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS.
Windows Phone 8.1 was a big update to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system, and included the company’s Cortana digital assistant. It marked one of Microsoft’s biggest efforts with its Windows Phone work, but it wasn’t successful at competing with the giants; Android and iOS.
After the failed response of the Windows Phone, Microsoft gutted its phone business last year, resulting in thousands of job cuts. During Microsoft’s recent conferences, CEO Satya Nadella dropped the company’s mantra of “mobile-first, cloud-first” in favour of focusing on what he describes as the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.
This new area of focus means Microsoft is now working on multi-device scenarios and cloud-powered technologies that don’t always involve Windows. Microsoft’s new mobile strategy will now appear to involve making iOS and Android devices better.