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.
In other words, given today’s announcement, could “Unity” and “Convergence” (at Canonical) end up meaning more than just our current Linux-centric understanding of it – in an attempt by MS to resurrect Windows phone?
Combining the Ubuntu and MS ecosystem, leveraging Unity 8+’s Desktop mode for Win32 applications and x86 smartphone hardware?
Edited 2016-03-30 22:13 UTC
I was just thinking something similar.
It may be fantasy joining of the dots, but perhaps MS and Canonical could join forces and bring into the world some beautiful bastard child of linux(ubuntu not android) and windows(phone).
Would it require a dual kernel approach (or rather a subordinate for processes requiring it) but translating syscalls for much as possible for performance.
would be amusing, not to say intriguing if the current rise and rise of Android and iOS forced the melding of windows and non-Android linux. Promoted on the phone first, but dare we speculate also then the desktop?
I can’t quite see it. But I almost can
Two things from build influence Windows phone a great deal imo. Microsoft introduced the Desktop App Converter for bringing Win32 apps to the Windows Store. The other one is Microsoft is unifying PC and Xbox One platforms meaning many app developers would be attracted into developing universal windows apps for Xbox.
And as universal windows apps runs on Windows phone we would likely see an improvement in the appgap and even Windows phone trumping other platforms in terms of the sophistication and depth of the applications.