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HP blames Microsoft for backing away from Windows phones

by Justin Herrick | October 6, 2017

Microsoft’s last big-name partner for Windows 10 Mobile is leaving the platform behind as the company continues to show it holds no clear strategy in the mobile industry. HP doesn’t believe any partners should release new Windows-based phones due to the always-changing and always-unsuccessful decisions made by its developer. If Microsoft can’t stick to one strategy and remain committed, HP won’t be involved in Windows for mobile devices.

HP planned to release a number of new Windows phones in the future, but the entire roadmap has since been canceled.

There’s no hiding HP’s disappointment. Nick Lazaridis, who leads HP overseas in Europe and additional regions, did an interview in which he states Microsoft’s original strategy shifted to focus on things that his company doesn’t agree with.

Here’s what Lazaridis told The Register:

“Microsoft, as all companies do, decided on a change in strategy and so they are less focused on what they thought they would be focused on today.”

 

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He goes on to say that Microsoft is missing “drive and support,” making the company uncomfortable releasing new products that could lose software support at any moment.

The Elite X3 was released by HP in 2016, and the company intended to use the device as a launching pad for other Windows-based hardware including more phones. All of the ideas are now meaningless, though. HP won’t release new phones running Windows and will only maintain support for the Elite X3 until 2019. After that, HP’s hands are clean from the mess that was Windows 10 Mobile and previous versions of the operating system.

Microsoft went on to release a statement to The Register saying it’ll continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support existing devices.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...