Leaked email reassures Microsoft employees about roadmap for Windows 10 Mobile 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.
“Let me be very clear: We are committed to deliver Windows 10 on mobile devices running ARM processors,” the email, which was leaked to the Windows Central website, read.
“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.”
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 when customers buy 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, with support from Microsoft as well as our OEM partners, who will be selling an expanded line-up of phone devices based on this platform.”