Microsoft has been forced to drop a mantra it tried selling in vain for a while; mobile-first, cloud-first. The mobile space has proved to be a too-tough-a-nut to crack for the Redmond, tech giant. Windows Phone market share accounts for less than 0.4% of the market, and it is still losing momentum.
Google with its Android has a firm grip of mobile space, with Apple being left just decent enough scraps to feed on with its high-end-priced iOS devices. The fact that the death of Windows Phone is imminent is now clearer than ever. Microsoft has stopped support for Windows Phone 8.1; three years after the company launched it.
Windows Phone was dead a long time ago; Microsoft dropping support for Windows Phone 8.1 is just but hitting of the last nails on its coffin. AdDuplex stats show that 80% of Windows-powered phones are still powered by Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, or Windows Phone 8.1. Going forwards, millions of Windows Phone will no longer be supported, as just about 20% of the phones run the latest Windows 10 Mobile OS.