Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Mar 2016 20:53 UTC

Microsoft kicked off its Build developer conference in San Francisco with a focus on Windows 10, bots, and developer tools, but there was something missing: Windows Phone. A single demo of Skype running on a Windows Phone was the only time a phone running Windows 10 Mobile appeared for longer than a few seconds, and it felt like Microsoft was more focused on Windows 10 for Xbox and HoloLens. I got the chance to speak to Windows chief Terry Myerson briefly after today's keynote, and it's clear Microsoft focus isn't on phones this year.

"We're fully committed to that 4-inch screen, there will be a time for it to be our focus, but right now it's part of the family but it's not the core of where I hope to generate developer interest over the next year," explains Myerson. "There's no lack of recognition to realize how important that form factor is, but for Microsoft with Windows and for our platform it's the wrong place for us to lead."

So, like any other year then.

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Let's keep in mind that Microsoft keeps track of the usage patterns of Windows' users. I don't want them to know how often I use Ubuntu. I just don't trust them to not come up with a scheme to extinguish Ubuntu now that they've embraced and extended it to run on Windows 10.

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