27 October 2017
In a recent interview, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore stated that the company will continue to support Windows phone, even though it has increased its focus on iOS and Android devices.
Belfiore also spoke about Microsoft’s recent announcements made at Build such as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, while reassuring Windows phone users.
“We’re going to continue to support Windows phone,” Belfiore said before adding that, “Windows is a platform that drives the experience on a whole range of devices. We live in a highly diverse world.”
The news comes at a time when the company has not launched a Windows phone in a long while. Rumors about a “Surface Phone” have been making the rounds for a while now, and we may see the Windows device later this year.
Microsoft's latest quarter earnings report showed a decline in sales revenue from its Windows phones to just $5 million, down from $1.4 billion during the same quarter two years ago. The company’s current quarter earnings predict "negligible" revenue and with no new Windows handsets expected anytime soon.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said earlier this month: "I'm sure we will make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today."
Microsoft's Alex Kipman stated that "the phone is already dead; people just haven't realized it yet", though he meant smartphones in general, rather than Windows phones specifically.