Microsoft remains committed to Windows 10 Mobile, next-gen devices are currently in the making

Microsoft remains committed to Windows 10 Mobile, next-gen devices are currently in the making
Microsoft is having a hard time selling Windows 10 smartphones, and the company's latest financial results clearly reflect this. Unsurprisingly, compared to Android and iOS, Windows' current smartphone market share is nearly irrelevant.

While we don't know what the future holds for Windows Mobile, Microsoft is not ready to give up on its mobile efforts. According to Windows Central, Terry Myerson (executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group) recently sent an email to select executives and partners, mentioning that Microsoft remains "committed to deliver Windows 10 on mobile devices with small screens", and plans to support Windows 10 Mobile "for many years."

Reportedly, OEM partners will be "selling an expanded lineup" of Windows phones, and Microsoft itself is currently at work developing next generation Windows 10 Mobile devices. While the company can't reveal more on the subject, one of its upcoming Windows 10 handsets is, likely, the long-rumored Surface Phone. In fact, not long ago, we heard that Microsoft plans to release no less than three Surface Phone versions (one of which could feature a Snapdragon 830 CPU and a whopping 8 GB of RAM), though they might not be launched before 2017.

Surface Phones aside, there's also an interesting Windows 10 handset that's already been announced, but not yet released: the large, powerful and water-resistant HP Elite x3, which should hit shelves this summer.

Microsoft certainly has the resources to continue investing in smartphones, even at a loss, though this doesn't necessarily mean it's going to do it forever. But let's better wait and see what the next generation of Windows 10 smartphones will bring us, shall we?

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36 Comments

1. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm pretty excited to see how the rumored surface phone turns out. I don't have any plans to go back to Windows mobile, but just knowing it exists would make me happy and hopefully they'll bring something truly innovative to bear. Windows phone needs a hero, and Microsoft has the means. Let's hope they make it and reward their faithful customer's patience. They may even be able to turn reverse the fortunes of Windows mobile. Maybe.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Doubtful, only for two reasons though. 1: The long reported app gap isn't closing at a fast enough pace to justify a flagship Windows phone purchase. They have quantity, but their quality is lackluster at best and absolutely terrible at worst. 2: By the time it is available for purchase, the consumer market will be flooded with offering including; the Note 6, IPhone models, LG's later year flagship (TBD), HTC's Nexus devices, etc. It will be rather difficult to go up against that line up IMHO. I use an HTC One M8 for Windows as my second phone, so I'm not blowing smoke out my a$$ when I say this: PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LET IT RUN x86 PROGRAMS!!!! I'd be willing to overlook the above flaws if that happens.

9. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if they can bring x86 to mobile and use win32 universall app they will close gaming gap and will have lead in productivity. lets hope intel will release core m for smartphone in their next generation of processor (kabylake) later this year

10. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

We can dream can't we. Intel should have a vested interest in aiding Microsoft gain mobile traction, considering their struggles of late. Both parties would benefit from putting their best foot forward.

34. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2014

Intel should've been smart and said yes when Apple asked them to produce the iPhone chips. I'm actually really upset that they didn't. They should've anticipated its popularity, after the iPod.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

Honestly I'm not confident Windows mobile is going to survive for much longer for quite a few reasons. That said, I would like to see Microsoft pull through. I wasn't making a statement on what I think will happen, just what I would like to.

32. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Until MS released Surfce book and Surface Pro every no one thought it will be a competition to Mac books...... If windows surface phone comes with software capable of handiling windwos 10 and universal apps then game over for other OEMS... When docked its a full fledged laptop, when undocked its a phone............... that is it......

6. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 2016

That's exactly my thoughts, I believe that MS has a LOT of potential on their mobile division, but personally, I think that in order to launch a successfull WP, they'll need to first get rid of the grat mayority of current errors, either by sending mobile patches or updates or maybe by releasing another version of WP and sending the update to ALL the devices currently running the O.S. version of 10.x.x and calling it a Windows Vista kind of O.S. Also, they have to redesign their mobile store and/or get rid of ALL the duplicated apps and malware currently there.

41. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Well said sir.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Microsoft can certainly afford to continue to put money into its handset division until they become profitable. I'm definitely looking forward to what Microsoft brings to the table with its next generation of Windows 10 for Mobile handsets. I'm excited about the Surface Phone, and I can't wait to get my hands on that beast if a Smartphone, the HP Elite X3!

5. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Why don't you get the current Lumia's deal?

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm actually considering it, but I think I'm going to hold out for the release of the HP Elite X3. That's one monster of a handset! I currently have a Lumia 640XL running the Windows 10 technical preview, and I must say, Windows 10 is looking and getting better and better every day.

13. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

The current deal says buy 950XL get 950. why would get 2 of the same ?

4. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Please bring x84......it will make yor mobile division alive

17. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Yep. More ram and hardware don't make any difference. They need something completely new.

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

x84??? what?

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2533; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The problem is the devices. Heck, even the app gap is something that can be handled. The problem is that Microsoft has a terrible and inconsistent approach to their mobile offerings. They're constantly changing their vision, changing their approach and their offerings, and simply not offering consumers any real reason to engage their platform. They need to take the success of the Surface, Surface Pro and Surface Book, and find a way to translate that to mobile handsets. Their on again, off again approach has eroded a lot of trust, and their unwillingness to commit to the platform has let other companies gobble up users left and right. A Surface Phone needs to have the genetics and follow through of the Surface Line, and not just use the name. Their next run of the mill flagship can't be called the Surface Phone. It needs to be the true device that bridges the gap between handset, tablet and desktop. Anything else is just another lame attempt.

11. Jason2k13

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Mark my words, in today's society people want a good app store, and if Microsoft cant deliver enough apps they wont be successful even with good features, design and hardware on their next high end phone.

38. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If MS allows x86 and desktop app installs, then installing chrome and getting the full app store is possible work around.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wish they would give people a hint at least E.g. "We are still committed to create Windows 10 smartphones and they will surface soon enough." Then again, I guess none of the CEOs are that smooth.

16. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I think CEOs are in top management. They don't design phones or fix software. windows phone division work in groups. each group handle different then put together.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Their time in the mobile space has been taxing on Windows Mobile fans. What I don't understand is why they keep destroying their own offerings without building upon it. Windows 8.1 was as close to stable as Microsoft could've dreamed, and with some maintenance, the app gap could have been mended. Instead they killed it off for half the base users (undoubtedly leaving a bad taste in their mouths as they exit) and Windows 10 on phones is very inconsistent. They don't have the luxury of repositioning again in the eyes of both tech enthusiasts and consumers alike, so the Surface Phone is likely their last chance to save their mobile market. I would be shocked if they didn't bring something extremely innovative to the table to turn as many heads as possible. Some people have something confused about Windows phone. MSFT doesn't have to make a profit to be successful in mobile (although that is the goal of any business project) they just have to break even and their golden.

39. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

insider app takes care of them. Half of those phones are throw away types. They can afford, maybe, to splurge on a 139$ Alcatel XL

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

whatever.. I'm happy with my android phone, and I guess iPhone user also happy with their phone, I just dont have any reason to switch to W10M, but I have tons of reason not to switch

31. alierna

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2016

yeah you are right. but i love my Lumia too. i'm happy with it

20. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I have learned have long ago that, you have to make a good judgement call on how you want to spent your tech dollar. I have placed my bet on Microsoft before but come out unsatisfied so i moved on. The bottom line is that you have made your choice, now you just need to convince yourself to be happy with it even when the rest of the world choose not to follow.

27. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I bought a Lumia 640 from Walgreen's for $11.99 as a backup phone to my Nexus 6P. I'm pretty happy with that purchase.

30. alierna

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2016

i'm a happy Lumia user too. in fact 4 or 5 month ago i said enough. i sold my phone and got my self an HTC one m9 but it didn't give me the premium feeling of windows mobile. yes it was a great phone and got there were too many apps that i found and installed. and 90% of the times they were untouched. so after seeing the fluid updated windows 10 mobile i bought another windows mobile handset (640xl) and yes... i'm happy with it

21. Joosty

Posts: 467; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Man I like windows OS, but damn. Where are them apps!?!?!?

29. alierna

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 06, 2016

they are almost here :-P buy one. don't hesitate. win mobile 10 OS is now almost bug free and even a new build is coming in this or next week. so i can trust you that you will enjoy every bit of it. new universal apps fixed the known loading resuming issue. so there is nothing to bother me anymore.

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