Windows Phone was designed to be used across multiple Windows 10-based product families to compete with Apple’s iOS, while also serving as an alternative for Google Android. But even with a giant company like Microsoft, failure is still a possibility.

The lack of marketability and interest from app developers has led to massive job cuts and layoffs from the unsuccessful Nokia project. With that, Microsoft has decided it is time to move on without Windows Phone. The software giant has promised they will continue providing support for the existing Windows Phone users.

No more WP hardware

In a series of tweets, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore revealed the unfortunate news about Windows Phone. But the VP in the operating systems group at Microsoft assured users that they will continue to support existing users such as bug fixes and security updates among others. However, they will no longer work on developing new apps, features or design new hardware moving forward.

Not that Microsoft surrendered easily after the numbers dipped down compared to previous years. According to Belfiore, they even tried to give incentives – even wrote apps to help app developers. But the problem is the low volume of users which, unfortunately, is very hard to fix.

Microsoft Edge, Launcher

Last week, the software giant introduced two of their newest apps, Microsoft Edge (for iOS/Android) and Microsoft Launcher (for Android).

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These apps were designed to make it easy for Windows users to work between their PC and smartphone.

According to Microsoft, they have listened to their users’ request to bring the browsing experience using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PC, to their phones. With Microsoft Edge, the user’s browsing experience is shared on the PC and on the phone: Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View among other features.

Currently, Microsoft Edge is available in preview mode on iOS with limited features. The Android version is expected to come soon before the official launch. Microsoft Edge is currently available only in US-English with plans to include other countries/languages.

Microsoft has also released the preview of the new Microsoft Launcher for Android. Previously known as the Arrow Launcher, Android users can easily sync and access photos, documents, and other files on their Windows 10-based PC.

Microsoft Launcher also features easy access to important events, top news, recent activities, favorite people, and most frequently used apps with just a simple swipe-to-the-right move. It can be easily customized by changing the settings, background colors or arranging the apps based on user preference among other things.