It is safe to say that the Windows Phone/Windows 10 Mobile platform isn’t quite as widespread as Microsoft would like it to be. The Redmond company has also been mum on their mobile plans for the near future, but could Microsoft be calling it quits as far as their Lumia lineup is concerned? Microsoft has left rumors to fester on its commitment not only to its mobile software platform, but its mobile hardware line as well. As Lumia devices take a tumble in the price ladder and only Surface all-in-one PCs on the docket for launch next month, we figure this rumor would’ve come sooner.
Over the last 6 months Microsoft regularly been cutting the price of their Windows 10 Lumia handsets, including their flagship devices by half, and has held multiple Buy One, Get One Free sales. According to a new report supposedly from “an employee” at Microsoft, all of these moves make sense as stock-clearing exercises. And why would Microsoft clear the stock for its existing Lumia handsets? To launch new ones, perhaps?
If you read the title which you of course did, you already know the answer. According to a report from WinBeta, that might be the case as they have heard from an anonymous source that Microsoft will apparently “end sales” of its Lumia lineup by the end of the year. As it stands, the Lumia phones offered by Microsoft include the Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Lumia 950, and the Lumia 950 XL, meaning that by the end of the year all these phones could be gone.
Whether that means production or actual sales, we’re not sure what to expect. The hope is that a Surface Phone will come in 2017. So far, Microsoft Direct of Engineering Laura Butler has left the idea of such a phone in purgatory, neither confirming nor denying the product’s development.
It’s an interesting tweet because a report from yesterday suggested that Microsoft might still be on the fence about launching the Surface Phone. In any case take it with a grain of salt, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.
Were you a fan of the Lumia? Or are you happy that its gone clearing the way for a Surface phone?
Source : Winbeta