HP confirmed that it would put a bullet in the X3 devices and it blames Microsoft for this decision, more specifically the company’s change of strategy with regarding its mobile operating system.
HP Elite X3’s brief life
The X3 device was launched back in February 2016, and it was built around Microsoft’s Continuum. The phone is an impressive device, yet it’s affected by a few constraints caused by the Continuum operating system.
There was a mobile-shaped hole in a leaked Windows roadmap, and despite this issue, HP stood by the Continuum. Microsoft did the same thing up until recently.
HP confirmed at the Canalys Channels Forum in Venice that Microsoft decided to end the development work for the mobile OS.
It seems that Microsoft decided to change its strategy and is now less focused on what it had previously thought it was worth the effort. This is the reason for which HP also decided that without Microsoft’s drive and support all is lost. If the OS ecosystem is missing, HP can’t do anything about this because it’s not an operating system company.
HP had a full roadmap developed for the device. The X3 was going to bifurcate, and there should have been a more significant number of products. But now, it looks like sales and support will only continue until 2019. Due to the low stockpiles of the product, the X3 would be limited to customers with large bids and vast opportunities, according to Nick Lazaridis, EMEA boss at HP Inc.
Microsoft will not give up on its Windows 10 Mobile
Fortunately, Microsoft responded to all this and said that the company would continue to develop Windows 10 Mobile and support Lumia phones including the Lumia 650, Lumia 959 and Lumia 950 XL and the devices from its OEM partners.
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