Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that the company will return to produce new Windows Phone devices with a hybrid design in the future.
At this point, most of the world has written Windows Phone off as dead. A report by Kantar Worldpanel predicted dire straits for the platform, and it would seem as if Android and iOS will be the operating platforms to choose from in the near future.
Breaking his company’s silence, then, is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who today revealed that the firm would re-debut Windows Phone devices in the near future – and that such devices would incorporate a hybrid, 2-in-1 design as seen aboard the Surface Pro and Surface Book range.
MSPowerUser reports that in an exclusive statement, Nadella quipped that “We make phones today, we have OEMs like HP making phones and others and we picked a very specific area to focus on which is management, security, and this one particular feature that we have called Continuum, which is a phone that can even be a desktop…and at this point, we’re making sure that all of our software is available on iOS and Android and it’s first class, and we’re looking for what’s the next change in form and function. What we’ve done with Surface is a good example. No one before us thought of 2-in-1s and we created that category and made it a successful category to the point where there are more 2-in-1s coming. And that’s what we want to do.”
Given Microsoft’s long commitment to growing its Universal Apps platform – which enables Windows apps to run on the desktop, Xbox, Windows Holographic and beyond – it is likely that we’ll probably see a Windows Phone in the near future built around the platform.
Unfortunately, that might well mean that the incumbent form of Windows 10 Mobile might well be dead, given the fact that Microsoft has seemingly killed it off. It is estimated that by 2020 we might see a new breed of Windows Phones capable of running the full desktop variant of Universal Apps.
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