Microsoft wanted a piece of the mobile market share back in 2010 and decided to go up against Apple and Google, the largest and most popular platforms at the time – and even today.

Microsoft did not have a chance to catch up with Apple’s IOS or Google’s Android and it was missing key features and optimisation and of course applications.

Microsoft tried to offer developers a lot of support to make them re-consider bringing their applications onto their platform but it never seemed like it was enough to encourage them to support and stay with them.

After trying too hard and even buying Nokia’s factories and other industries, warehouses, the company tried to make some worthy flagships that turned out to be rather slow, not well optimised and buggy. We’re talking about the 950/950XL series – the company’s first flagships that was never popular.

After months of going on sale, massive discounts started to happen as people were simply not curious about the device and overall the app-less platform that didn’t really offer much at the time and even today.

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Microsoft had to make up the loss by discounting their devices to the minimum and were sold for mid-range device prices.

But that’s just a very brief history of what happened in the past few years, would you be interested about a full article in the near future explaining why and how it all collapsed for the big giant? Let us know!

Looking at what happened in the past few years, it should not come as a surprise that Micrososft Officially pulled the plug on their Windows 8.1 mobile OS. The platform doesn’t have a large amount of active devices and aren’t being widely used in the modern countries – at least not so much.

So, is Windows Phone 8.1 officially dead?

Yes, Microsoft has halted all updates and all future support for Windows Phone 8.1 devices meaning that no more future updates, security patches and any type of support should be available in the near future.

If you are one of the very few people who still use a Windows 8.1, 10 device, we must encourage you to upgrade to either Apple’s iPhones or one of the many great Android devices that are out there. They will keep you secure and should provide you with optimised updates. (flagships and some midrangers at least from Samsung, LG, ZTE, Motorola, HTC, Sony and many more)