Since 2017, we know that Windows Phones are doomed to completely disappear from the smartphone operating space. Indeed, Microsoft then announced that it simply no longer counts on the Windows Phone system. Two years later, the company from Redmond directly recommended its customers to opt for Android or iOS, the two operating systems with which Windows Phone should compete initially.
The latest blow to Microsoft’s product is the end of support for Xbox features on devices running the OS. A decision that reminds the Windows Phone community that no hope of recovery is now allowed.
Microsoft is permanently discontinuing Xbox on Windows Phone
From 2019 to 2022, Microsoft has been very generous to Windows Phone owners by continuing to offer as much support as possible. While the company no longer offers system updates this year, it has continued to make it compatible with certain Xbox games.
She could have dropped the case, but supported the platform as long as possible. From now on we can say that everything is well and truly over. It was through a notification sent to the Xbox app that Microsoft announced some bad news to the Windows Phone community.
The support exclusion will apply to all versions of Windows Phone. Windows 10 Mobile will not escape either. In its timeline, Microsoft indicated that as of May 16, Xbox LIVE options will no longer be available on Windows Phone.
This means that players will no longer be able to save their progress and their rewards using Xbox profiles. Cloud backup options will also be unavailable on all versions of Windows Phone.
Microsoft added that only a few games will still be playable as of May 16 on its smartphone operating systems. We imagine these should be games that don’t need to use Xbox LIVE features before they start working.
Microsoft’s lost illusions
In the early 2010s, Windows Phones raised many hopes. Especially when we see how Microsoft’s operating system breaks the duopoly formed by Android and iOS. More than ten years later, the conclusion is clear: Google and Apple are more than ever the masters in the field of smartphone operating systems.
Still, it’s all off to a good start for Microsoft and Windows Phone. The latter, after its launch in 2010, managed to quickly overtake BlackBerry 10 OS by positioning itself as the main challenger to iOS and Android. The purchase of Nokia by Microsoft gave seriousness to the Microsoft project until 2016 when problems followed.
The following year, Windows Phone’s market share dropped to less than 1%. This forced Microsoft to end its project. Now, the Redmond company is content to create apps that can work well with Android and iOS.
Source: Game Rant