Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella questioned by shareholders on mobile strategy
The conference began with the announcement “Please silence all Windows Phones and other devices” - words which in any other circumstance would sound comical. However, as this was an exclusive Microsoft event, there were a lot of fans of Windows Mobile present, and some of them expressed a genuine concern in relation to Microsoft's apparent mobile retraction.
Nowadays, the software giant has limited it's handset production to a smaller number of premium devices, a fact that prompted a shareholder who claimed to use his Windows Phone device for “18 hours a day” to ask Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella “Can you calm me down… and tell me what your vision is for mobile?” after hearing that the company could potentially be “stepping away from mobile.”
Nadella's response indicated that focus is currently shifted towards bringing innovation to the market:
He hailed the HP Elite x3 as a Windows 10 phone that successfully follows this approach and his reply reconfirmed the company's ambition to build the “ultimate mobile device”.
Dana Vance, a longtime shareholder, avid Windows Phone admirer and owner of a Microsoft Band questioned Nadella about the company's vision for it's consumer devices, after citing reports that indicated that the Band project has been suspended indefinitely. Vance also mentioned that he was surprised to receive an e-mail, which stated that the Microsoft Pix and Outlook apps were available for Android and iPhone but not for Windows Phone.
In response, Satya Nadella declared that the company is “not stepping away” from supporting Windows Phone users, but insisted that Microsoft software must also be available to other mobile platforms: