2016 has not been a great year for Microsoft’s phone business, as the company significantly scaled down its phone efforts, leading to many “Windows Phone is dead” stories being published over the last few months. Microsoft is also rumored to end sales of its Lumia phones this year, and we previously reported this week that all Lumia handsets are currently out of stock on the UK Microsoft Store.
However, Microsoft execs reiterated many times this year that Windows 10 Mobile will remain fully supported in the future, with CEO Satya Nadella adding that the company was planning the “ultimate mobile device.” While the company may not reveal its mobile plans until a couple of months, the Redmond giant will be present at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2017 (via Neowin) .
It’s still not clear if the company plans to have a big presence or even its own keynote during the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. The company had its own booth during this year’s MWC, but its most significant announcement was the official launch of the mid-range Lumia 650. Next year’s edition could well be more interesting, as Microsoft has yet to share more details about what the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update (which is expected to be released in early 2017) will bring for Windows 10 Mobile devices. It’s also worth reminding that the company recently announced that its annual Build developer conference will be held in May 2017 in Seattle, which will likely be several weeks after the release of the Creators Update.