Lumia Windows Phones back from the dead? Microsoft briefly resurrects the range

The slow and painful death of Windows Phone took another turn on Monday when it emerged Lumia devices had temporarily returned to sale.

The company ditched the homegrown handsets last summer, effectively consigning the mobile operating system to history.

However, a range of Lumia phones reportedly returned from the dead earlier this month.

For a short period, the official store began flogging the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 650 and Lumia 550 handsets.

Windows Latest (via The Verge) discovered the handsets on Microsoft’s site, but they’ve now been removed again following today’s reports.

Whether anyone actually bought one of the doomed smartphones remains to be seen, but they’re now listed as “unavailable.”

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Back in October 2017 Microsoft finally admitted that development of new Windows Phone features and handsets would no longer be a focus.

Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore said the firm would continue to support the platform with bug fixes and security updates.

The company has been increasingly focused on developing apps for iOS and Android devices, including a host of features that makes it easier for folks to switch between their Windows PCs and smartphones.

Rumours of a Surface Phone have persisted, but right now that seems more of a distant proposition than ever.

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