Of course we'll continue to support the platform [Windows Phone - editor's note]. bug fixes, security updates, etc.
Microsoft has never formally acknowledged the existence of a Surface Phone, although it has made several hints.
This sounds like it's coming from a broken record already, but Windows phones are dead. Microsoft has cut the funding as much as it can, and only tries to keep the current customers, mostly business customers, safe from hackers and other security problems.
Microsoft hasn't said anything official on its plans for Windows Phone, but recent history would not make such an approach surprising.
Nearing the end of the noughties, Microsoft's Windows phones were one of the major rivals to iPhone and then the emerging Android phones but they saw a drastic downfall over the years. Most of the operating system featured a black background with a focus on text instead of icons. Over on his Twitter, someone asked Belfiore if it might be time to leave the Windows Mobile platform behind, and his response was very open and honest. Even Microsoft couldn't carve out space for Windows. It wasn't for lack of effort, as Microsoft tried a number of strategies to entice developers to build on their platform.
So, for the person on the street, Windows Phone is gone and is unlikely to reappear as an iPhone or Android competitor.
Microsoft will now be working on multi-device scenarios and cloud-powered technologies which will have less involvement of Windows.
Android and iOS are not desktop platforms though, and that's where Microsoft will be looking to capitalize.
In an attempt to hold a spot on mobile, Microsoft has bought the Windows 10 PC browser, Edge to Android and iOS.