The inevitable is finally here. Microsoft is killing off the Windows Phone operating system after 17 years.

The Corporate Vice President of Windows 10 and Head of Microsoft’s PC-Tablet-Phone division, Joe Belfiore said the company has no plans to release new features or smartphones.

Since 2000, Microsoft has released a variety of versions of its mobile phone operating system, but the company has finally pulled the plug and has no plans for new hardware or features for Windows Phone.

“Of course we’ll continue to support the platform.. bug fixes, security updates, etc. But building new features/hardware aren’t the focus,” said Belfiore in a tweet on Sunday.

Belfiore said that the volume of users, which is too low had caused a lack of support from app developers.

“We have tried very hard to incent app devs. Paid money.. wrote apps 4 them.. but volume of users is too low for most companies to invest,” added Belfiore.

In presence of competitors like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS for iPhones, Windows-powered smartphones consistently struggled to survive. In the most recent sale figures from Kantar World Panel, Windows phones accounted for only 1.3 percent of the market in the US.

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A Windows-running Nokia Lumia smartphone from 2013 CREDIT: REUTERS

Microsoft Lumia devices were the last phones developed by Microsoft. The company, in 2015, took a £5bn hit on its mobile business following purchase of Nokia’s smartphone division and later in 2016, sold the licence rights to the Nokia products to Finnish company HMD.

A Microsoft spokesperson said that the company would continue to support its current line of Lumia phones and other Windows Phone handsets.

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