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Microsoft still "committed" to Windows 10 Mobile


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A top Microsoft executive has assured customers that the company remains committed to Windows 10 Mobile.

It hasn't been a great few years for Windows Phone users. After Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 failed to gain traction against iOS and Android, Windows 10 Mobile landed late last year with a whimper.

However, Microsoft's executive vice president of the Windows and devices group, Terry Myerson, insists that the platform remains in the company's plans.

In an email to executives and partners picked up by Windows Central, Myerson wrote: "Let me be very clear: We are committed to deliver Windows 10 on mobile devices with small screen running ARM processors."

Myerson also revealed that the company was working on "development of our next generation products," and insisted that the company intends to "support the Windows 10 Mobile platform for many years."

The reason such an email was necessary is that Microsoft hasn't appeared particularly bothered about Windows 10 Mobile to date.

First, Windows Phone didn't seem to form a part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's mid-2015 company mission statement.

Also, Windows 10 Mobile itself trailed the general launch of Windows 10 by several months, despite the whole point being that this was a continuous cross-platform experience.

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When the first Windows 10 Mobile flagship phone eventually arrived towards the end of the year, we got the mediocre Lumia 950. There's still no sign of the Surface Phone that everyone seems to agree is needed, either.

Finally, Terry Myerson himself let slip that Windows 10 Mobile was "not the core of where I hope to generate developer interest over the next year," and offered the frank view that "If you wanted to reach a lot of phone customers, Windows Phone isn't the way to do it".

Add in tanking Lumia sales, and you can see why Microsoft might feel the need to reassure its partners concerning its mobile plans.

Dead Words

April 27, 2016, 10:31 am

Windows 10 Mobile is mostly marketing. It is Windows 10, and most of the developer-centric features that Microsoft talked about at Build affects Mobile as well as every other place Windows 10 runs. In fact, Mobile got a bunch of Action Center, notifications, and Settings improvements a week before PC got those same changes. Threshold is the current official production development ring of Windows 10. Threshold saw the release of Windows 10 for PC, but Microsoft held off on releasing Mobile until Threshold 2. Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile have seen the same release cycle for a long time now, and there have been at least 11 OS updates for Windows 10 Mobile in the last five months.
Microsoft has admitted that they're not proud of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. It's not that they're bad phones, it's just that they don't fit Microsoft's design or plans. Microsoft has also admitted that they're not proud of the current state of Mobile, but that, for right now, Windows 10 on PC's is the focus.
Redstone is the next big version of Windows 10, and new rumors suggest this: Redstone 1 (expected for June/July) is focused mostly on PC with a few improvements for Mobile. Redstone 2 (expected October/November-ish) is going to add a lot of improvements to Mobile. Then there's rumors suggesting that there's now a Redstone 3 (slated for April 2017) that focuses almost entirely on Mobile, and is expected to coincide with the release of the "Surface Phone", Surface Pro 5, and Surface Book 2.


April 27, 2016, 11:10 am

Too late, just bought a Samsung S7. But will buy a windows phone once in surfaces :)

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