Bill Gates has said he has started using Android phone for everyday usage though he refused to reveal the make of the phone. Such a development however shouldn’t come as a surprise given the sad state of affairs of Windows 10 Mobile. The only consolation here, if it can be so said, is that the phone runs a lot of Microsoft software.
The revelation was made while speaking to the Fox News Sunday. Also, it is being speculated Gates is using a Microsoft Edition Galaxy S8 phone running custom software. The Microsoft Edition of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices are essentially the Samsung flagship handsets running Android but are loaded with a bunch of Microsoft software such as Office, OneDrive, Outlook, Cortana and such.
Nonetheless, the move is bound to raise a few eyebrows given that this can be seen as the most telling confession of Microsoft having given up its mobile hardware dreams. The last time the Richmond based company had launched a mobile device was the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. That was in October 2015 and both had failed to make much of a mark in the markets.
The company thereafter began the slow but painful process of relinquishing its hold on Nokia, followed by a gradual withdrawal from the mobile hardware business as a whole. The Lumia range has ceased to exist while there only is a handful of new Windows Phone that is on offer at the moment. Those include the HP Elite X3 and the Alcatel Idol 4 Pro.
There has since been a rumor of the company working on a landmark mobile device under the Surface brand, one that will likely change the way we perceive of mobiles as of now. However, the company continues to be fiercely secretive of its moves here, much to the chagrin of the Windows Phone loyalists.
Also, the fast diminishing tribe of Windows Phone fans seems to have been served another blow now that Windows 10 Mobile is declared to have support only till 2018. The company is instead working on what is known internally as the Andromeda OS, a light version of Windows 10 that would enable it to run on any device.
While that will be interesting to see, how things pan out on that front, existing Windows 10 Mobile users seems to be an abandoned lot. Even Bill Gates has switched over to Android.