It’s confirmed: Windows 10 Mobile just isn’t a priority for Microsoft right now. This was revealed by Windows chief Terry Myerson to The Verge just after Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco this week. Myerson stated that although they consider mobile as an important part of their business, “it’s not the core of where I hope to generate developer interest over the next year.”
This fact became apparent during the Build conference, when it seemed everything but the mobile platform had been featured. There were lengthy announcements for Windows 10, developer tools and futuristic bots. But the mobile platform appeared for only a few seconds in a single Skype demo.
“There’s no lack of recognition to realize how important that form factor is,” Myerson pointed out, “but for Microsoft with Windows and for our platform it’s the wrong place for us to lead.” Myerson says that currently, the way to reach their customers is through 9 to 30-inch screens. He also says that Xbox and HoloLens are where “new and exciting things” are happening for the company.
Given the apparent lack of the platform’s updates during the Build conference and the slow roll out of Windows 10 mobile for existing Lumia smartphones, this confirmation doesn’t really come as a shock. It is however, a painful blow to Windows Phone fans. Myerson insists however, that they will be doing “some cool things with phones,” --just not this year.