Microsoft might be ready to finally pull the plug on the Lumia Smartphone Series by end of this year. According to an insider source, it will be sooner rather than later. Before this year ends, Redmond is reportedly stopping the sales of its Window smartphones. Windows fans, however, might still have something to look forward to, as a Microsoft exec seems to be teasing what most of them are hoping for: A Surface Phone.
Microsoft purchased Nokia back in 2013, incorporating the Lumia mobile device business into the bigger company. Phones started rolling out with the Microsoft logo in 2014, with the Nokia logo being left on only older production models. Microsoft has un-listed most of Lumia series from the company’s India website, with mention of only the Lumia 950, Lumia 950XL and Lumia 650 devices.
Window Phones have not been able to capture a descent Smartphone market share since 2011. Lumia series saw increase in the market share with the help of Nokia lumia 920 and Lumia 1020 with its 41 MP Carl Zeiss primary camera with OIS.
Unfortunately, a buggy launch, slow updates, poor app support, and the lack of interesting devices has stopped Windows 10 for Mobile from catching any footing. Long time Windows Phone fans are now putting all their hopes on a Surface Phone, whenever, or if ever, that happens.
This doesn’t mean that Window 10 for Mobile is dead. Microsoft has two major updates scheduled in 2017 and has been encouraging third-party manufacturers to continue making supporting devices.
While Microsoft seems to be closing the book on its experiment with Nokia and laying off thousands of employees it acquired during its ill-starred takeover of the Finnish phone company, it would still come as something of a surprise if it stepped out of the smartphone game for good, especially as it does still seem to be enthusiastic with its other Surface products