(Pocket-lint) - Microsoft has finally given up on Windows Phone. At least, when it comes to new updates or hardware.

The company's Windows 10 head, Joe Belfiore, has posted on his own Twitter account that while there will be patches to fix bugs and plug security holes, there are no plans to make any more Windows handsets or new versions of the software specifically for mobile.

He cited the lack of app developer support as to why the platform has failed.

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This comes soon after Microsoft released a version of its Edge web browser for iOS and Android. And although it has always supported the rival operating systems with apps, a recent, major upgrade to its Arrow launcher for Android showed the company is willing to increase its efforts in development for other platforms.

It seemed, to some, to be the final confirmation of defeat. Now we have the official confirmation to boot.

Writing by Rik Henderson.