Skip to main content

Lenovo Questions Microsoft’s Commitment To Windows 10 Mobile

lenovo logo

Reporting on Lenovo CEO Gianfranco Lanci’s comments to a Canalys forum event, several sites have picked up on his statement that Lenovo will not be building a Windows phone, now or any time in the future.

Given that Lenovo had been pitched as one of Microsoft’s hardware partners for Windows 10 Mobile and the company was allegedly building a handset for the Chinese market, as well as a ‘confirmed’ device it was manufacturing for SoftBank in Japan, this isn’t good news.

Not unsurprising news. Windows Mobile sales are through the floor and its more than likely that the Japanese carrier has called time on the SoftBank 503LV before it had to commit to manufacturing numbers. The death of that device undoubtedly removed any lingering doubt as to the viability of Lenovo’s branded version for China.

In its haste to kill Lumia and, allegedly, make space for partners to bring their own devices to market, Microsoft appears to be doing a good job of actually dissuading partners from building devices at all.

The most important part of Lanci’s talk hasn’t been picked up by a lot of sites though. He openly questioned Microsoft’s commitment to Windows 10 Mobile. Whilst many in the community and on the news sites have doubted Microsoft’s ability to keep Windows 10 Mobile alive much past the death of the Lumia, to have that message replayed by an industry insider, one with significant interest and clout; as well as a close partnership with Microsoft, really does give reason to pause and reconsider.

When the Lumia dies at the end of the year there will be next to no Windows 10 Mobile devices and almost no sales. Those two million sales achieved last quarter are unlikely to be matched across the whole of 2017.

If the HP Elite x3 and Acer Jade Primo aren’t generating sales there’s no incentive to replace them. If Microsoft, HP and Acer can’t make the platform work, who else will be persuaded to try? Not Lenovo, that’s for sure.

Ultimately it might not matter how committed to the platform Microsoft really is. Windows 10 Mobile will die a death if there’s nothing for it to run on.

With that in mind Lanci’s comments, no matter how disturbing for Windows Mobile fans, sound like an accurate telling of the future of the platform.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

F1: Robert Kubica Impresses In Renault Test Run

The car may be old but its the performance of the driver that's the story here. Robert Kubica returned to F1, after a fashion, earlier this week with an extensive test run in a 2012 Lotus Renault F1 car at Valencia.
The age of the car and the circuit were likely determined by F1's current rules which ban testing, but the reason for Kubica being in the car is far more interesting. Considered by many to be a potential World Champion and certainly one of the fastest drivers of his generation, Kubica's F1 career seemed to be over after a 2011 crash whilst driving in the Rally of Andora. His Skoda Fabia was penetrated by a guardrail in the high speed accident partially severing his right arm.
Up until last year Kubica has been competing in rallying, with the expectation that the limited movement in his repaired arm would prohibit a return to single seater racing.
So this week's test is both interesting and confusing. Interesting because Kubica completed 115 laps of the ret…

Panos Panay's Defence Of Microsoft Surface Hardware Sounds Eerily Familiar

This weekend I went out with my ten year old daughter to select a laptop for her school year beginning in January. The schools requirements are quite specific, requiring a Windows 10 device, with a preference for a touchscreen and a stylus. She chose a Surface Pro, after trying a large number of different options. Having seen the way I use my own Surface Pro - and tried it herself there was only ever going to be two options - and the other was a Surface Laptop.
I tell you this so that you understand I am a buyer of Microsoft's products through choice, not compulsion. I'm on my third Surface device now. 
So when Panos Panay dismissed reports of the death of the Surface hardware line, I was very interested to see exactly how strong these denials were. Especially how they reflect what has gone before. To whit: Windows 10 Mobile.
Panay claimed that Microsoft is in hardware for the long haul. Almost exactly mirroring the words of Terry Myerson, when he claimed Windows Mobile was g…

WhartonBrooks Indiegogo Windows 10 Mobile Even More Doomed To Failure Than Usual

WhartonBrooks is currently crowd-funding its latest Windows Mobile smartphone on Indiegogo. If crowdfunding isn't already a bad enough idea, a company trying to crowdfund a Windows Mobile device should be warning enough for you.
Not that anyone seems to be taking the project too seriously. With a few weeks left to run the campaign has managed to ensnare just 2% of its $1.1m target.
If you want a better indication of how few Window Mobile loyalists remain I doubt there is one. Of 3,900 Windows Phone enthusiasts Wharton Brooks was seeking for its new phone, it has managed to entice just 50.
Windows for Phones is dead, even if the corpse hasn't stopped twitching yet.