NEW DELHI: Software giant Microsoft has pulled the plug on its Windows phone operating system. The company confirmed the news via Microsoft Support page.
The announcement signals the end of support for Windows Phone 8.1, all devices running on the operating system will not receive any security and technical updates in the future.
At the time of the launch of Windows Phone 8.1 OS in 2014, the company had made it clear that they will offer support for the next three years. Clearly, lack of takers for Windows phones has spelled the end of the operating system. In 2010, Microsoft introduced its Windows Phone 7 operating system to take on the might of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS operating systems. From early days, the OS failed to garner the same popularity as its rivals and was always playing catch up.
Various apps are also ending ending support for operating system. Recently, WhatsApp announced that it will end support for Window Phone platform saying that the platform doesn’t offer the kind of capabilities the company need to expand the app’s features in the future.
Earlier in March this year, Facebook also dropped support for its Messenger app for Windows Phone 8.1 users. According to data from AdDuplex, 80% of the Windows-based smartphones runs on Windows 8.1 operating system. Another report from Gartner revealed that there is a significant drop in the market share of Windows Phone operating system in Q1 2017.
With the end of support for Windows Phone 8.1, the future of Windows 10 Mobile is in jeopardy.