Microsoft has insisted it is “committed” to the Windows 10 Mobile platform in an internal memo distributed to employees. The statement from Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, says the company is already developing new devices.
Myerson’s memo comes almost a month after he told reporters at BUILD that Windows 10 Mobile wasn’t a priority for Microsoft during 2016. He did add, however, that mobile devices were still a very important part of the software giant’s future.
Those comments are echoed in the statement below, which has been “verified as authentic through multiple sources,” according to Windows Central:
I understand that you are hearing concerns from certain partners about Microsoft’s commitment to the mobile space.
Let me be very clear: We are committed to deliver Windows 10 on mobile devices with small screen running ARM processors.
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. 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.
Myerson and others at Microsoft clearly recognize that fans and critics are curious about its Windows 10 Mobile plans, which seem to have been put aside while other products and platforms become the focus.
But this will be promising news for those attached to the Windows Mobile platform, who can now look forward to more Lumia devices later on. Of course, there are also rumors of a Surface Phone being developed by the Surface team led by Panos Panay.
Microsoft certainly has its work cut out, though. Windows Phone’s small market share is only getting smaller as Lumia sales continue to fall, and Android and iOS gain an even greater lead.