Leaked email from devices head reassures Microsoft employees about roadmap for Windows 10 Mobile smartphones despite plummeting sales
Microsoft has reportedly assured employees that rumours of the death of Windows 10 Mobile are premature, despite lacklustre sales figures for Lumia phones
A reported internal email from Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group, stated the company remains committed to supporting Windows 10 Mobile for ‘many years’, and that it is currently working on a number of new products featuring the software.
“We are currently in development of our next generation products and I wanted to reconfirm our commitment to Windows 10 Mobile. We believe in this product’s value to business customers and it is our intention to support the Windows 10 Mobile platform for many years.”
Microsoft had not responded to TechWeekEurope’s requests for comment at the time of publication.
In financial results released last week, Microsoft revealed that only 2.3 million of its Lumia devices were sold in the recent quarter, a 73 percent drop from the 8.6 million in the same period last year.
The company has even begun giving away free Lumia 950 handsets with when customers bought a Lumia 950 XL device, suggesting that it was perhaps planning to clear its inventory.
The company will be looking to future devices to spruce up these numbers, with reports suggesting that a next-generation ‘Surface Phone’ will form the next major release from Microsoft sometime in 2017.
Myserson’s email suggests that Microsoft may in fact have the support of several other companies in pushing the future of Windows 10 Mobile, noting that, “we have a device roadmap to support that from Microsoft as well as our OEM partners who will also be selling an expanded lineup of phone devices based on this platform.”
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