Why another Windows Phone manufacturer is now giving up on the OS – TheNewsGuru

A Windows phone manufacturer is about to give on the mobile operating system citing Microsoft itself doesn’t seem as interested in its own mobile operating system.

Nick Lazaridis, president of the EMEA regions at Hewlett Packard (HP), told The Register that HP won’t be adding any new handset to its existing “Elite” Windows Phone smartphone lineup.

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Furthermore, the company said its Elite x3 handset will reach the end of support in 2019.

Microsoft has changed its strategy and is now less focused on Windows 10 Mobile, Lazaridis was quoted as saying.

Last year, HP unveiled the Elite x3, a high-end Windows Phone handset that could also serve as a laptop or desktop using a dock.

In July, Microsoft ended support for Windows Phone 8.1, which according to estimates runs on more than 80 percent of Windows Phone handsets, hinting that the company doesn’t really see much value in supporting its devices for a long time.

Under its new CEO, Satya Nadella, Microsoft has changed several of its strategies. The company has launched Office and several of its products to rival Android and iOS platforms.

On Thursday, Microsoft said it was bringing Microsoft Edge Web browser to Android and iOS as well.

The company also rebranded Arrow Launcher as Microsoft Launcher and added its Continuum feature to it.