Microsoft has announced a new round of layoffs impacting its mobile business, but in an email sent to employees this morning, Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, says that this isnít by any means the end of the Windows Phone platform.
Myerson explains that the company remains committed to supporting Windows handsets in the future, adding that although ďthe phone success has been limited,Ē the company needs to ďbe more focused in the phone hardware efforts.Ē
Although Myerson hasnít specifically said it, todayís changes could pave the way for the Surface Phone, a device thatís expected to see daylight in the spring of 2017 and run Windows 10 Mobile. The Microsoft executive reiterates the message offered last week, after the sale of the feature phone business, hinting that no new Lumia models would be launched, but suggesting that something ďgreatĒ would indeed come at some point.
ďWe always take care of our customers, Windows phones are no exception. We will continue to update and support our current Lumia and OEM partner phones, and develop great new devices,Ē he says.