Microsoft just buried Windows Phone… on Twitter

Microsoft just buried Windows Phone… on Twitter

Windows Phone is dead. Microsoft has told you in not so many words that they wouldn't be updating the platform, but some factions held out hope for a reprieve. After all, Microsoft has yet to clarify their position on the rumored Surface Phone, which could be a radical update path for the Windows Phone, and it technically still supports Windows 10 Mobile, the successor to Windows Phone (though there is very little hardware). So there's still hope, right? Nope. None other than long-time Microsoft executive and the man who once championed the Windows Phone platform, Joe Belfiore, took out a 140-character stake on Sunday and jammed it through Windows mobile's barely beating heart. Last week, Microsoft expanded on its strategy of Microsoft Everywhere by offering up a version of its relatively new web browser, Microsoft Edge, for iOS and Android. The platform-friendly version of Edge comes even as Windows 10 users still haven't fully accepted Edge as their default browser. Yes, most of us still use Chrome on Windows. Aybata was asking a question tens of thousands of Windows mobile users want answered (even 0.03% of the estimated 2 billion smartphone users in the world would be 600,000).

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Windows Phone is dead.

You know this. Microsoft has told you in not so many words that they wouldn’t be updating the platform, but some factions held out hope for a reprieve. After all, Microsoft has yet to clarify their position on the rumored Surface Phone, which could be a radical update path for the Windows Phone, and it technically still supports Windows 10 Mobile, the successor to Windows Phone (though there is very little hardware). So there’s still hope, right?

Nope. None other than long-time Microsoft executive and the man who once championed the Windows Phone platform, Joe Belfiore, took out a 140-character stake on Sunday and jammed it through Windows mobile’s barely beating heart.

If you want to blame someone or something for the delivery of this painful news, try Edge for iOS.

Last week, Microsoft expanded on its strategy of Microsoft Everywhere by offering up a version of its relatively new web browser, Microsoft Edge, for iOS and Android. The platform-friendly version of Edge comes even as Windows 10 users still haven’t fully accepted Edge as their default browser. Yes, most of us still use Chrome on Windows.

Since the announcement, Belfiore, who currently serves as Microsoft corporate vice president of operating systems, has been on Twitter chatting about Windows, and, yes, Edge fans about the new mobile offerings. Inevitably, talk turned to Windows Phone.

One Twitter member asked plaintively, “Is it time to leave Windows Mobile platform?”

Aybata was asking a question tens of thousands of Windows mobile users want answered (even 0.03% of the estimated 2 billion smartphone users in the world would be 600,000).

Belfiore didn’t try to duck the question. Instead, he opened up, on Twitter of all places, and in a rather un-Microsoft-like fashion.

Sure, he started off slow, buffering the truth with a “Depends:”

(1/2) Depends who you are. Many companies still deploy to their employees and we will support them! … https://t.co/LKQBL3w7gA

— Joe Belfiore (@joebelfiore) October 8, 2017

But then he reminded Aybata that even he has given up on Windows Phone and is now using a different platform (we know from previous reports that it’s an iPhone) and in a way that mirrors many Windows desktop OS users. (He’s not the only one.)

That prompted one Twitter user to remind Belfiore that some individuals still choose to use Windows Phone. That’s when Belfiore dropped the hammer in a pair of tweets that offer more clarity on the situation than we’ve ever gotten before from Microsoft’s official channels.

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