Windows Phone was designed to replace the Windows Mobile family of mobile operating systems. It was first released in Europe, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, and Mexico in 2010, and in Asia in 2011. The first Windows Phones were made by HTC, Dell, Samsung, and LG. The first consumer device sales took place on October 21, 2010.
End of Support
On July 11, 2017, Microsoft announced immediate end of support for the Windows Phone, meaning that the phones may still operate, but will no longer be eligible for software or security updates from Microsoft.