Microsoft announced a huge mobile strategy shift nearly a year ago, writing off most of its Nokia deal to the tune of $7.6 billion. At the time, I asked whether the software maker had given up on Windows Phone as it shifted to a model of producing a lot less phones. As Microsoft continues to adjust its phone plans, the company announced today that it is selling its feature phone business to Foxconn for $350 million. Money aside, it's not a surprising move considering Microsoft has been winding down its feature phone business for nearly two years. However, a line in Microsoft's press release hints that the company might never release another Lumia phone again:
"Microsoft will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones such as the Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and phones from OEM partners like Acer, Alcatel, HP, Trinity and VAIO."
Microsoft says it will continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile, and support existing Lumia phones and ones created by third-party phone makers. There's no mention of continuing to develop new Lumia devices, or any hint at future hardware coming soon. Microsoft's public comment comes just weeks after a leaked internal memo from Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Windows and devices chief. Myerson says Microsoft is committed to Windows 10 Mobile, and that the company is currently developing "next generation products." There was no mention of Lumia, and rumors have suggested Microsoft will launch a Surface-branded phone next year.
Given that Microsoft has happily teased new Lumia devices in the past, I asked the company to expand on its public comment this morning. A spokesperson reiterated the comment about supporting existing devices, and added "we have nothing specific to share about our future product roadmap." That's probably because its future roadmap doesn't include any new Lumia phones. Rumors suggested that was the case back in January, and now Microsoft has dropped the biggest hint that it's the end of Lumia phones. What happens with the Surface Phone and Microsoft's hardware efforts? It sounds like we'll be waiting another year to find out.cash management account project management courses maine real estate management vulnerability management waste management colorado springs point72 asset management management training kw property management social media management tools emerson process management hudson home management hertz farm management microsoft project management software call waste management sports management degree project management template locations property management riot account management american community management investment management agreement category management acquiring, storing, and inventorying resources are part of which nims management characteristic? lazard asset management management consultant anger management (tv series) project management training sacramento delta property management sports management salary wbs project management m&m property management property management las vegas engineering management human resources management system integrity property management construction management software business management software innovative property management apartment management companies p&l management disk management windows 10 project management methodologies administration in management abbreviate management army learning management system warehouse management jobs lobos management management information systems salary anger management movie cast waste management bulk pickup gva property management conflict management styles evergreen property management content management systems visalia property management ikea cable management northwoods property management enterprise management trainee process management rental management companies near me document management waste management san antonio intel management engine what is agile project management access property management grs management bk management lubin property management how do you spell management united property management society for human resource management leadership vs management integrated risk management sky property management cash management account project management courses maine real estate management vulnerability management waste management colorado springs point72 asset management management training kw property management social media management tools emerson process management hudson home management hertz farm management microsoft project management software call waste management sports management degree