Does Windows Phone still exist? The answer is yes and no. Microsoft has been supporting the Windows Phone (Windows Mobile) operating system even though they aren't selling any new Windows Phones. However, as of October 31st, 2018, the Microsoft Store is not accepting any new app submissions for Windows Phone 8.x or earlier, or for Windows 8 or 8.1. As of July 1st, 2019, Microsoft has stopped allowing even existing apps to send updates to Windows Phone 8.x or earlier devices.
Microsoft has stated that they will allow updates for Windows 8 and 8.1 phones until July 21st, 2023. It appears Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 Mobile for some time, although they are no longer selling any new devices, nor are they releasing any new Windows 10 Mobile features. So, for all intents and purposes, Windows Phone no longer exists other than remnant devices that are still being used that were purchased some time ago.
What Happened To Windows Phone?
This news might be celebrated by the Apple iPhone and Android aficionados of the world, but it's disappointing for the die-hard Windows fans. Microsoft impressed a lot of people when they released the first Windows Phone, whose interface had a much more unique look and feel than either iOS or Android. Microsoft had high hopes for the smartphone market when they acquired Nokia, but Google's Android and Apple dominated the market and Microsoft could never get a foothold.
Microsoft is now focusing on improving the ability for Android and iPhone users to sync their devices with the desktop version of Windows 10. Microsoft is also focused on the Surface line up hybrid notebook/tablets.
Will we ever see a Microsoft Windows mobile operating system again? It's hard to say, although if we do it won't be any time soon.
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