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Lenovo Doubts Microsoft’s Commitment to Windows 10 Mobile

Dave Parrack 04-10-2016

Lenovo has zero interest in Windows 10 Mobile, and will not be making a smartphone powered by Microsoft’s mobile operating system anytime soon. The Chinese tech giant isn’t even convinced Microsoft is committed to Windows 10 Mobile Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile and How to Do It Windows 10 Mobile has finally been released to the public. Provided your phone is supported, you should upgrade. Here's everything you need to know about upgrading from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile. Read More at this point. Which says it all really.


These views come direct from Lenovo’s corporate president and chief operating officer Gianfranco Lanci. According to The Register, Lanci told attendees at the Canalys Channel Forum 2016:

“We don’t have Windows phones or any plans to introduce a Windows Phone. I don’t see the need to introduce a Windows Phone and I am not convinced Microsoft is supporting the phone for the future.”

Lanci certainly isn’t the first to doubt Microsoft’s commitment to Windows 10 Mobile, but he may be the most high profile doubter thus far. Lenovo is a huge multinational company, so its execs will likely know how to spot a dead product when they see one.

All Quiet on the Windows 10 Mobile Front

If Lenovo thought it could make money from a Windows 10 Mobile handset then the company would have produced one by now. But Lenovo has gone all-in on Android, helping Google’s mobile operating system achieve an 87% share of the market Android Is Killing iOS, Uber Launches Self-Driving Cars... [Tech News Digest] Android claims more market share from iOS, Uber launches a fleet of self-driving cars, proof that not everybody loves Pokemon GO, Ubisoft gives Rayman Origins away for free, and seeing the world through Prisma. Read More .

Windows 10 Mobile IS currently the third most popular mobile operating system. But when Android and iOS combined take literally 99% of the market share, this isn’t something to write home about.

The problem is Microsoft doesn’t seem to be doing anything to turn the fortunes of Windows 10 Mobile around. There are rumors of a new Windows 10 Mobile flagship handset being launched later this year, but unless it outperforms the iPhone 7 and best Android phones, then it’s probably dead in the water before it’s even released.


Microsoft needs to act, and it needs to act fast. Because Lenovo is unlikely to be the only company ruling out getting involved with Windows 10 Mobile. The question is, what can Microsoft actually do to make Windows 10 Mobile a success at this point? Answers on a postcard, please.

Do you own a Windows 10 Mobile phone? Do you like Microsoft’s mobile operating system? Or are you just biding your time before switching to Android or iOS? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. Marco Sarli
    October 8, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I have a Lumia 650 and I am very happy with it. My phone, my tablet and my laptop all share the same OS, share documents and settings and passing from one device to the other is a breeze. As for the apps how many apps can one use, how many apps does one really need ? I have all the apps and functions I need. Plus no Lumia (or its charger) has ever exploded.

  2. zubozrout
    October 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Ubuntu Phone is great, but I am afraid it will still need some time to be fully consumer-ready. But there are some big things happening now under the hood (eg. switch to snaps that will finally unify all apps across phone and desktop) so it should be an interesting project to watch. And I am happy to have my own phone with this OS in my pocket, if nothing it is great to see the progress it is making with each and every upgrade.

  3. Frustrated User
    October 5, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Microsoft Windows 10 mobile has so much potential but it has zero support from Microsoft. When my phone functions it is far superior than my iPhone. I feel I have total control of my phone and it functions more like a computer than iOS. Sadly the phone is so buggy that it doesn't work on a consistent basis. I'm switching back to my iPhone.

  4. Mike
    October 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Windows is a much more polished and tightly integrated O/S. It's live tiles are beautiful. Unfortunately, many important 3rd party apps are missing and Microsoft has not provided updates for some of my Lumia phones.

  5. Curious One
    October 5, 2016 at 10:30 am

    The best way Lenovo shows that it is not interested in Windows Mobile is releasing an Ubuntu phone or tablet. By doing so Lenovo will be pointing that Lenovo prefer a less known system to Windows Mobile.

  6. Ankit Chaudhary
    October 5, 2016 at 5:01 am

    I like Windows 10 mobiles very much, there should be at least three operating systems in the market.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 5, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Competition is only ever a good thing. But I cannot see how Microsoft can claw this back from here. Any suggestions?

  7. kishlay
    October 4, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    I have been using windows Phone since last 2 years. I really love the fluidity and smoothness of o's but ......
    Almost every app is crashing,right now I can't use uber,facebook,messenger. U waited for almost 1year to realise that I have done a big mistake. Now I am going back to android (the buggy os but I am left with no choice)
    Windows mobile o's Really sucks.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2016 at 10:16 pm

      Wow, it sounds like you've had a horrible experience with Windows Phone. Has it put you off for life?

      Did you also find Android buggy? I use Android, and I've had zero problems with it so far (touch wood).

  8. B Chaki
    October 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I also started to believe that Microsoft is not trying their best to improve Windows 10 Lumia phone . There are many bugs that's are lying behind the software. I personally use three nos Windows phone among which one is Windows 10 with which I am not yet satisfied.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      The problem is they're so far behind the competition I doubt there's much appetite for trying to gain a foothold at this late stage.

  9. W. Sonneborn
    October 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I own a windows 10 Mobile phone and am very happy. The interface is extremely user friendly, the overall performance is great. The only downside is the frequently lower quality of apps.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      How often do you hear about an app you'd love to use, only to find it isn't available on Windows 10 Mobile? That would frustrate me no end.

  10. Larry Wong
    October 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Microsoft is too late to the game. Here's something it can try to gain market share. (1)Windows 10 mobile users get to use MS Office for free. (2)Windows phones can be used as peripheral for XBox. (3)Allow people to download and install the OS on their existing phones.

    • Dave Parrack
      October 4, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      They're not bad ideas at all. Microsoft definitely needs to build an ecosystem to tempt people in and to keep them engaged. Apple has done an excellent job of this.