At the Canalys Channel Forum 2016 hosted in Barcelona, Lenovo’s COO, Gianfranco Lanci spoke about Lenovo’s doubts regarding the Windows Mobile ecosystem.
Lanci told the attendees at the Canalys Channel Forum 2016 that Windows 10 has been gaining momentum with the corporate and enterprise markets for PCs, but on the mobile – Lenovo won’t be using the operating system for its upcoming phones.
“We don’t have Windows phones or any plans to introduce a Windows Phone,” Lanci says, continuing with “I don’t see the need to introduce a Windows Phone and I am not convinced Microsoft is supporting the phone for the future.”
Microsoft launched Windows 10 Mobile last year, and while it is the third largest mobile operating system for mobile – its numbers are dwarfed by Android and iOS. The growth rate has been stagnating as well.
Microsoft hasn’t shown much love for Windows 10 Mobile either – the only updates planned for the OS are related to Continuum.
With the recent push for releasing Microsoft applications across platforms – be it Android or iOS – Microsoft clearly understands that limiting its services to the Windows Mobile platform would be suicidal, with its dwindling numbers.
Lenovo can’t really be blamed for having this opinion – they have previously made and sold Windows Phone devices across several markets, but with the little units that were sold; it simply does not make financial sense for Lenovo to continue fighting a battle for Microsoft – especially when Microsoft itself doesn’t seem very committed.
Still, there are rumours that Lenovo might be making a Surface-branded device for Microsoft. A release at the alleged October event is possible, but Lenovo is clearly not very enthusiastic about the operating system.