We live in a mobile-first world as every tech giant keeps reminding us – including Microsoft – but some of the decisions that come out of these giants don’t fit in with that philosophy.
In a very short and concise statement to Softpedia about the upcoming Creators Update, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the “initial update will be for desktop, but other versions will be available thereafter.” The other version, of course, is Windows 10 Mobile.
Unfortunately, the spokesperson did not provide a timeline or a date for when the “other versions” would be available.
The Windows 10 Creators Update is a massive update for Windows 10 on the PC; while Mobile hasn’t gotten as much love from Microsoft, it’s still quite significant.
The ability to lock a mobile device while using Continuum, improvements to the Edge browser as well as several other refinements to WiFi are just some of the features that are coming to Windows 10 Mobile.
Microsoft rolled out the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile two weeks after the PC release. However, the wireless carriers further delayed the update.
If something similar happens with the Creators Update, it would further delay the rollout.
Windows 10 Mobile
Although Microsoft has said that it would continue to support Windows 10 Mobile with further updates; how long this support will last remain a mystery.
Indeed, we live in a mobile-first world, but supporting a mobile operating system with 0.3% market share makes absolutely no sense.
Windows 10, on the other hand, is increasingly becoming more mobile. That’s evident by the abundance of Windows 10-powered 2-in-1 devices at MWC this year.
Microsoft is also working on bringing Windows 10 to the ARM architecture, with emulation to support the traditional x86 applications. Individually, these projects are small. Together, however, they are working towards a singular goal – make Windows 10 an OS that works on everything.
In the end, Windows 10 Mobile may become irrelevant to Microsoft’s grand strategy.